Daly City - Ronnie
Goo, a two-year Firefighter who spearheaded
the local fund-raising effort that raised $72,000
for the families of the FDNY victims in the
September 11 tragedy, is the Daly City Fire
Department's "Employee of the Year 2001",
announced Michael Orloff, Acting Interim
One of five finalists, Goo was unanimously chosen
by the Selection Committee "for his commendable
involvement this past year. Ronnie took the
lead, made the necessary contacts, and was the
driving force behind this fundraising effort,
with most of it being done during his off-duty
hours," noted the Selection Committee,
which was comprised of previous award recipients.
"Ronnie's fresh approach to anything he
volunteers for, as well as the enthusiasm he
brings to any task and every assignment, are
his most desirable attributes," commented
Training Chief Don Ciucci, who served
in the six-member nomination panel.
Goo's volunteer activities include work with
Operation Santa Claus, Muscular Dystrophy Association,
and the Jefferson Union High School District's
Career Development program. He also assists
in training recruits at the San Mateo County
"Ronnie exemplifies the caliber of individuals
we have in the Daly City organization,"
stated Mayor Mike Guingona. "His
selfless acts certainly warrant this recognition."
"Ronnie is a doer," remarked Station
95 Captain Kevin O'Sullivan, who has
been the awardee's supervisor the past year.
"He is willing to do anything for anybody
at anytime. You can always count on Ronnie.
In our line of work, that is absolutely critical,"
the 11-year DCFD veteran added.
31-year-old Broadmoor resident grew up in Daly
City, and attended Woodrow Wilson School and
Ben Franklin Middle School. He graduated from
Westmoor High School in 1987. He worked for
the City's Public Works Department for two years,
prior to gaining employment in the private sector.
While working full-time, he also found time
to take night classes in Fire Science at College
of San Mateo.
six years, Goo worked as an Emergency Medical
Technician for Baystar, now American Medical
Response (AMR). "That job was a precursor
to my decision to become a firefighter,"
he said. "It was there that I tested my
mettle, to see if I can make a difference in
began his DCFD career on December 18, 1999.
Days later, he responded to his first "and
most memorable" fire call on December 26th.
is no career like being a firefighter,"
he said. "I love my job. Yes, it is sometimes
tedious, and can be messy, too. Above all, it
is dangerous, risking one's life for strangers.
Not everyone can do this job, but those who
choose it often spend a lifetime devoted to
the profession. Nothing can describe it more
than the September 11 event."
firefighter is a team player. You can't do this
job by yourself. You depend upon your fellow
firefighters. I often say that I have two families,
here at the Station and at home," Goo elaborated.
Battalion Chief Jim Rowlands and Training
Chief Ciucci visited Station 95 unannounced
Friday morning to make the presentation, Goo
appeared genuinely surprised by the recognition.
was quick to recognize his fellow firefighters
and the outpouring support from the community
for the success of the fundraising effort. "What
I did wasn't difficult, or extra special. The
community and the department deserve the recognition.
They were the ones who filled the boots at Serramonte
and Gellert, as well as the collection cans
at many local businesses. To everyone who wrote
those generous checks, and to those who dug
deep in their pockets for the many cash donations
we received, I share this award with all of
them," Goo said.
resides in nearby Broadmoor with his wife Jody,
and two daughters, six-year-old Kylie and two-year-old