Answering the Call
It was a spirited First Responders’ Day Saturday in Ripon with a crowd of some 300 community members gathering at the Ripon Consolidated Fire Station on Stockton Avenue at 8 a.m. for a mile-long walk to the Ripon Police Department.
When the walkers reached the police department they were met with a 100-foot ladder fire truck that had a large American Flag hanging from the end of its ladder extension. Below was a podium with a microphone for a few words from both Ripon Police Chief Ed Ormonde and Fire Chief Dennis Bitters. San Joaquin County Supervisor Chuck Winn, Congressman Jeff Denham, and California State Assemblyman Heath Flora were also on hand crediting Ripon as a community and its first responders as being special in their own right.
Denham presented a resolution that he had read into the Congressional Record in Washington, D.C., “honoring all first responders past and present who have vowed to serve and protect” including police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel.”