Sisters and Brothers,
The past few days we have seen our local and national fire family face unprecedented times.
In Long Beach, we join our brothers and sisters of Long Beach Fire in mourning the off-duty death of Long Beach Firefighter Gavin Escobar. Prior to being a Firefighter, Gavin Escobar played professional football for the NFL where he spent most of his time with the Dallas Cowboys. Firefighter Escobar leaves behind his wife and two young children.
In Florida, our brothers and sisters are continuing to provide service in unimaginable conditions brought on by Hurricane Ian. And in New York City, a 25-year member of the FDNY, Lieutenant Alison Russo-Elling, was stabbed to death while on duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sister Russo's family and our brothers and sisters in NYC as they process the tragic loss of one of their own.
This week is a reminder of how dangerous our jobs are and how dramatically the challenges in the fire service have changed over the years. We are committed to helping our brothers and sisters get the resources and behavioral health support they need in Long Beach, Florida, and NYC.