Waukee Fire Department
Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing the men and women of the Waukee Fire Department of Waukee, Iowa as our Iowans of the Week.
The firefighters and paramedics of the Waukee Fire Department are an integral part of the Waukee community, and their dedication to protecting the health and safety of those they serve is nothing short of exemplary. That dedication is just as evident in the Waukee Fire Department’s community engagement efforts. They’re a frequent face visiting local schools, leading fire station tours, and hosting engaging, educational children’s birthday parties at the fire station. I am grateful that our children have these hardworking men and women to look up to as role models.
Right now, Iowa’s police, fire, and emergency services personnel are continuing to provide essential services in their communities as Iowans stay home during the coronavirus outbreak. I know that this adjustment can make folks feel apart from their neighbors, especially in close-knit communities like Waukee.
But that’s not stopping the Waukee Fire Department. Thanks to the creativity and imagination of Lieutenant Tony Clemen, the department is finding a new way to get out in the community. They’re bringing the birthday party – fire truck, lights and all – to the children; they even play “Happy Birthday” over the truck’s loudspeaker. Needless to say, the idea has been a hit with kids and parents alike.
And now the community is joining in. On one recent visit, the Waukee Fire Department met up with locals before making a birthday visit. Together, they formed a birthday procession over twenty cars long, honking and waving to neighborhood kids along the way. I’m so glad that Iowans are coming together to spread much-needed joy and smiles as we work to slow the spread of coronavirus together.
Our firefighters across Iowa are responding to emergency calls across our great state. I know many of our firefighters don’t have the protective equipment they need, like face masks, to protect themselves during this COVID-19 outbreak. As our firefighters work to protect our communities, I will work to protect our firefighters and ensure they can get the essential equipment, protection, training, and assistance they need.
The men and women of the Waukee Fire Department are truly making a difference in their community, especially during these challenging times. I could not be more thankful for their hard work and service, and I ask the House to join me in recognizing them as Iowans of the Week.