On April 24, 2018 the
Gallup Fire Department proudly recognized 10 Firefighters who completed their
first year of service with the Gallup fire department and 3 Firefighters who
completed 10 years of service during a badge pinning ceremony and open house at
Fire Station 1.
Deputy Chief Jesus
Morales and Assistant Chief Michael Hoffman presented each firefighter with
their individual badge. While firefighters held their badges in their left
hand, they raised their right hand and took the oath of service as led by the
Honorable Judge Grant L. Foutz. The
badge was then pinned to their uniform by family members.
The badge is not just a
piece of metal. It is a symbol that carries several hundred years of heritage
and obligation. It is an acceptance of responsibility and the acquisition of a
long tradition of service, it’s a symbol of commitment with a rich history. The
shield that was once used to protect an individual in battle now symbolizes of
the responsibility of contemporary firefighters—to place themselves between an
emerging catastrophe so lives and property can be saved.