It’s Public Safety Month in Naperville, a time to highlight many methods of prevention and service that keep this community safe. And did you remember that Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire that raged through that city on Oct. 9, 1871?
As is also customary every October, the Exchange Club of Naperville recognized its newest Firefighter of the Year during the service club’s luncheon on Fri., Oct. 5, at Hugo’s Frog Bar in the Main Street Promenade.
Firefighter/paramedic Tim O’Meara currently works out of Station 6. Here O’Meara is pictured with Naperville Fire Chief Mark Puknaitis after being honored for his exceptional service, going beyond the call of duty.
For more information about the Naperville Exchange Club and its many programs and projects that have an impact on the local community, visit www.exchangeclub.org.
Note also that the Exchange Club of Naperville helps to fund publication of the annual Crime Prevention Calendar that features art from local students and is distributed to families through local elementary schools, public and private.
Annual Citizens Appreciate Public Safety NFD Awards
Also note that this year’s Fire Department CAPS event will be family-oriented, including a showcase of Fire and Police Department vehicles, equipment and personnel outside of Meson Sabika, followed by a dinner and awards presentation, said Chief Puknaitis.
A limited number of tickets will be sold to the public for $20 each and can be purchased at either the Fire Department Administration building, 1380 Aurora Ave., or Police Department, 1350 Aurora Ave.
The CAPS Board is comprised of residents from the Naperville community that meet to discuss and decide on specific incidents and actions accomplished throughout the year that deserve recognition by Fire and Police personnel. The Fire Department CAPS event is held in October and the Police Department event is held in May.
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Photo by James Hoch / James Hoch Photography