More than 325 people attended the fourth annual Fire Department Awards Luncheon on Oct. 7 at the Hilton Glendale. The luncheon was held to honor dedicated members of the local Fire Department and students who wrote essays on fire safety.
The luncheon was hosted by the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club and the Glendale Fire Department. Rotary Club President Jorge Vasquez and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins gave inspirational welcoming speeches. Ellen Leyva, ABC7 Eyewitness News co-anchor, did a wonderful job as master of ceremonies. .
Distinguished Service Awards were given to firefighter/paramedic Brian Murphy, engineer Daniel Encinas and Capt. Ronald Gulli.
Murphy received his award for saving the life of another firefighter who was trapped by an explosion upstairs in a home in Glendale. The other firefighter suffered severe injuries, but his life was saved.