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East Contra Costa Fire Annual Firefighter Of The Year Award - Capt. Craig Auzenne

Fire Captain Craig Auzenne of East Contra Costa Fire was recently honored as Firefighter of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10789. Below is an excerpt from the story posted in the For the complete story click on the link at the bottom of the page.

Fire engines rolling down First Street with sirens blaring and lights flashing are nothing new for downtown Brentwood, but they’re usually headed out, not in. Last weekend, however, it went the other way, as Engine 54 arrived accompanied by a caravan of flag-flying motorcycles.

The occasion was the annual Firefighter of the Year ceremonies presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10789 at Veterans Hall, right next to Station 54. Aboard, wearing a dress uniform instead of his usual turnouts, was Firefighter of the Year Capt. Craig Auzenne, getting a code-three escort to the event.

“It feels great,” Auzenne said. “Everything was already way good, but when we pulled up here, it was overwhelming. It’s quite an honor.”

VFW Commander Steve Todd organized the event for the second straight year after several years with no honors. “I want to make it special for these guys, as it should be,” Todd said. “These guys do what people are afraid to do, but we don’t ever hear about it unless they get hurt. But they’re still doing their jobs, and we have to give credit where credit is due. They run toward danger when everyone else is running away.”

The event included honors for Auzenne and Gonzalez presented by representatives of State Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier and the County Board of Supervisors. full story