Friday Update 4-23-21
Updated On: May 21, 2021


Sisters & Brothers,

This week, we mourn the loss of a brother in Georgia from St. Mary's Fire Department. At just 20 years of age, Brother Efren Medina passed away during his first shift on duty on April 17, 2021. He was remembered by his brothers and sisters for his enthusiasm to be serving his community and embarking on his career as a firefighter. Today we joined our fire family here in California to return Brother Medina home for burial. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends, family, and the St. Mary's Fire Department. We shall not forget. 

This is yet another reminder that our profession, whether it is fighting fires or responding to medical emergencies is stressful and can have a negative effect on our health and our mental health. 

We will be engaging in a Department-wide Suicide Awareness & Safety Stand-Down during the month of May. From May 17 to May 21 we will join our 30,000 plus brothers and sisters from across California in a Behavioral Health Safety Stand Down to bring awareness to the importance of mental health for our Firefighters and Fire Personnel.

We will have more information as we move closer but in the meantime please use the resources in your stations and at if you or someone you know needs help. It is critical that you maintain your health and emotional wellness, as well as your on-the-job safety, to protect yourself, your family, and your community. 

In Solidarity, 

President Dave Gillotte and the Local 1014 Executive Board 

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