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SRFD’s Ray Martinez Receives Fire Safety Commendation Medal

Ray Martinez of the Salt River Fire Department receives his Fire Safety Commendation Medal from Jim Skaggs president of the Palo Verde Chapter of Arizona, of the Arizona Society Sons of the American Revolution. Photo submitted by Ray Martinez

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member and Salt River Fire Department firefighter Ray Calderon Martinez was awarded the Fire Safety Commendation Medal in a ceremony on December 7 at Station 294. The award was presented by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

The award is presented to recognize an individual for accomplishments and/or making outstanding contributions to protect human life and property by preventing injuries or casualties due to fires.

Martinez was chosen for this award for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as for his current occupation as a Community firefighter.

“I was also recognized for leadership qualities that helped me earn Firefighter of the Year for my department, which was largely due to my work as an SRFD Honor Guard commander,” said Martinez.

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is the largest male lineage organization in the U.S. It consists of 50 societies with more than 500 local chapters, several international societies (including Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom) and more than 33,000 members. Prominent SAR members include 16 U.S. presidents, Sir Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom, and kings Juan Carlos I and Felipe VI of Spain.

SAR members have answered their country’s call in every major American conflict, beginning with the battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, and continuing to the present day, including Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia and the recent actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. SAR members have received the highest awards America can bestow, including the Medal of Honor.