Fire Hydrant Award Winner
2016 Winner: BRODY DAW
Mound Elementary School
Congratulations to Brody Daw from Mound Elementary for writing the winning essay in this years Fire Safety Days contest. Out of 1400 4th graders her essay was picked for her outstanding accuracy and detail she put into her essay. Great job Brody!
Brody's Winning Essay:
2015 Winner: ELIZABETH GOSE
Junipero Serra Elementary School
Fire Safety Days Honorable Mention Winner - SCOTT VREELAND
Fire Safety Days Honorable Mention Winner - ANGELA MARIE GONZALEZ
2014 Winner: IRELAND SINKLIER
There were 2 Honorable Mentions for best essay. They were BAYA KIM from Mound Elementary and EMMA STEINER from Poinsettia Elementary (See their essays below)
Fire Safety Days Honorable Mention Winner - BAYA KIM
Fire Safety Days Honorable Mention Winner - EMMA STEINER
2013 Winner: RILEY HERTENSTEIN
As part of this year's Fire Safety Days and the VUSD 4th grade curriculum, students prepared individual essays describing what they learned about fire safety and emergency preparedness. Riley Hertenstein submitted this year's winning essay. On Wednesday, December 11th, Fire Chief McPherson surprised students by presenting the coveted Fire Hydrant Award to Riley as part of a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade early morning assembly at Portola Elementary. Principal Robert Ruiz, Mayor Cheryl Heitmann, and Fire Chief Don McPherson address students and congratulated Riley on her achievement. Staff from the Ventura County Star newspaper were on hand to capture the event and interview Riley and her family.
The hydrant award will remain at Portola Elementary until next year. Riley and her family were treated with a ride on the fire engine. Fire Safety Days was presented in October 2013 with nearly 1400 students and staff attending. This program is in its third year and is a joint venture between the Ventura Fire Department and the Ventura Unified School District.
Classroom teachers submit the top essays from each 4th grade class. A Fire Department Review Committee selects 20 essays for submission to Fire Chief McPherson, and it is the Fire Chief that makes the final decision on the winning essay. (See honorable mention essay winners below)
There were 2 Honorable Mentions for best essay. They were LAURA LIANG from Mound Elementary and MINNOLI NORI from A.T.L.A.S. Saticoy. (See photos and their essays below)
Fire Safety Days Honorable Mention Winner - LAURA LIANG
Fire Safety Days Honorable Mention Winner - MINNOLI NORI
2012 Winner: DYLAN "KENZ" MULLANEY
Dylan Mullaney, who is known as Kenz to her friends, submitted this year’s winning essay. Chief McPherson surprised students by presenting the coveted Fire Hydrant Award to Kenz as part of the early morning fire drill on January 9, 2013. Dr. Trudy Arriaga, VUSD Superintendent, addressed students and praised them for quickly and quietly exiting their classrooms during the fire drill. The hydrant award will remain at Pierpont Elementary until next year. Kenz will be treated to a special station tour with friends and family. Fire Safety Days was presented in October, 2012 with nearly 1400 students and staff attending. This program is in its second year and is a joint venture between Ventura Fire and the Ventura Unified School District. After reading numerous essays, it is clear that bringing students to the City training site and exposing them to real life uses of science and math in the fire and emergency medical profession is making an impact.
2011 Winner: KEVIN MARTINEZ
Kevin Martinez, a 4th grader at Will Rogers Elementary, was the 2011 recipient of the Fire Hydrant Award. All Ventura Unified School District 4th graders attended Fire Safety Days in November to learn about emergency preparedness and fire safety. As part of their English assignment, students wrote an essay about what they learned at Fire Safety Days.
On December 12, 2011, Kevin Martinez was awarded the Fire Hydrant Award by Chief Rennie and members of the Fire Department. The trophy will be on display at Will Rogers Elementary for the school year. Kevin enjoyed his ride in the fire engine from the cafeteria to his classroom. Kevin also read his winning essay at the Ventura Unified School District Board Meeting, where he received a department hat and a certificate for a special tour and lunch at a fire station.
2015 Winner: ELIZABETH GOSE2015 Winner: ELIZABETH GOSE