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Firefighter is DCFD Employee of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 4, 2002

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Michael Orloff, Acting Interim Fire Chief


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FIREFIGHTER RONNIE GOO
IS DCFD'S 'EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR'


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 Fire Chief.

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 Fire Academy.

"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.

The 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.

For 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 the field."

Goo began his DCFD career on December 18, 1999. Days later, he responded to his first "and most memorable" fire call on December 26th.

"There 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."

"A 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.

As 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.

Goo 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.

Goo resides in nearby Broadmoor with his wife Jody, and two daughters, six-year-old Kylie and two-year-old Laney.

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