The Blythe City Fire Department honored local Ricardo Arzate as the volunteer first responders’ 2019 Firefighter of the Year.
Arzate, who will reach his four-year mark with the resident department in April, was presented the distinction at the December 2019 Fireman’s Ball at the Colorado River Fairgrounds.
“Every year, the officers get together and we determine of the firefighers who has grown the most, stepped up the most on the fire department side and also the social department – the social end of things, like the fundraisers and stuff like that,” said Blythe City Fire Department PIO (Public Information Officer) Jim Morris. “We always have a number of outstanding candidates for Fireman of the Year, and out of a great group, we choose one (...) We determined that (Ricardo) had really stepped up and improved and really (put in) a big effort in making the fires and helping out on the social end of it. Going to events, just (being) one of the guys we feel was the most outstanding for the year.”
When not out serving the community on emergency response calls with his Blythe City Fire firefighters, Arzate is a full-time employee of the local Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency (PVVTA) and overseas the entity’s maintenance program.
“Ricardo is a very resourceful and is well-liked among the team,” noted PVVTA General Manager George Colangeli. “We all support those employees like Ricardo who go the extra mile for the community. We encourage employees to take on the challenge to serve the local community beyond the great job that they do. Ricardo uses his Fire training to help with safe and training when needed.”
Notably, in March of 2019, Arzate participated as one of the subject matter experts in the Blythe PAL (Police Activities League) Basic Car Maintenance Clinic which provided a hands-on opportunity to learn about the fundamental do’s and don’ts of car maintenance to the local youth membership.
More recently, in December 2019, Arzate served as the maintenance and vehicle director for the staple 2019 PVVTA Holiday Lightrunner community event.
“PVVTA is very humbled and proud of this great achievement accomplished by Ricardo,” added Colangeli. “His family which includes his co-workers are all rooting for him to continue his esteemed service with the volunteer fire department for the community.”