The United States Postal Service in San Diego dedicated a new forever stamp honoring first responders during a ceremony at San Diego Miramar College on Jan. 25, 2019.
Students in the Firefighter 1 Academy program attended the event as a class, and two of those students rappelled off the side of the fire tower to unveil the stamp. San Diego Fire Engine 44 and Battalion 7 attended the event, along with Fire Captain and Miramar College Fire Program Director Darren Hall, San Diego Police Assistant Chief Sandy Albrektsen, San Diego Police Captain Al Leos, U.S. Postal Service Executive James Olson, President Hsieh and 2003 Paradise Fire victim Allyson Watson. The event was covered by CBS 8 and KUSI-TV. You can see the coverage by clicking on the station names.
Click here to view an event recap video produced by the district.
During the celebration, San Diego Gas & Electric presented a $10,000 check to the Miramar College Foundation for use by the Technology program for instructional equipment needs. Penney Newell, senior community relations manager for SDG&E was present to make the check presentation.
Launched nationally on Sept. 13, 2018 by the United States Postal Service®, this stamp recognizes the men and women who respond to critical situations with skill, dedication, and uncommon bravery. The digital illustration on the stamp is a symbolic scene that shows three first responders in profile, facing right, as they race into action.
Miramar College has provided fire, EMT and police training since its inception in 1969. The College is home to the Regional Public Safety Training Institute which serves as the police academy for several local agencies including the San Diego Police Department and San Diego County Sheriff’s Office. San Diego Fire, and several other local agencies, use Miramar College for their academy and POST training.