Peoria Legion helps salute first responders


Peoria American Legion Auxiliary Unit 62, 9847 W. Desert Cove Ave., Peoria, teamed up with Chick-fil-A Arrowhead, 16657 N. 83rd Ave., to provide free breakfast to police, fire and EMT personnel.

The complimentary breakfast was in conjunction with the “American Legion Family First Responder Appreciation Day,” as declared by Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat and Arizona Governor Douglas A. Ducey.

The declarations are part of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Arizona president Patricia Lugo’s special focus during her one-year term. Coinciding with her motto “Serving Those Behind the Badge”, Ms. Lugo is encouraging American Legion Family members across the state to demonstrate their appreciation to first responders.

“For the Peoria community, teaming up with Chick-fil-A Arrowhead made perfect sense -- we both understand the importance of first responders in our community,” Peoria resident and Auxiliary Unit 62 president Tammy Early said.

Both organizations, for example, recently supported the Peoria Police “Shop with a Cop” program where disadvantaged children shop at no cost with a member of the police force for family holiday gifts.

“First Responders are the people we see on our worst days,” Ms. Early continued. “We need to remember that they are the ones that run toward danger and risk their own safety for us.”

Police vehicles and a fire truck filled the restaurant parking lot while several on and off-duty officers and firefighters enjoyed a complimentary breakfast. Members of the Peoria police and fire departments, along with the Auxiliary Department president and members of the Peoria Auxiliary, were in attendance. Firefighters handed out fire helmets to children.

“The members of the Peoria Fire-Medical Department fully support the American Legion Family’s efforts to promote a better understanding of the principles of democracy, and to foster a higher appreciation of the benefits of American citizenship,” Deputy Fire Chief Stacy A. Irvine said. “Like the American Legion Family, the members of the Peoria Fire-Medical Department are fully committed to our community, state and nation.”

The American Legion Family consists of veterans, military and direct family members of those who have or are still serving in the United States military.


Editor’s note: Marge Christianson is the public relations volunteer for American Legion Auxiliary, John J Morris Unit 62, Peoria.