Southgate honors first responders, city workers

Council President Pro-Tem Mark Farrah (left), Police Chief Mark Mydlarz, Mayor Joseph Kuspa, Fire Chief Marc Hatfield and Interim Department of Public Service Director Kevin Anderson stand in front of their banner at City Hall.

The month of May includes various recognition on a national level for the professions of police officer, EMS technicians and DPS workers and to recognize these professionals, the city of Southgate installed a banner celebrating the service of our first responders.

The banner is meant to thank these individuals for the work that they do keeping our residents safe and meeting their emergency needs.

The banner will remain on display through the end of the month.

National Police Week was May 9-15. National EMS Week was May 16-22 and National Public Works Week was May 16-22.

“The City of Southgate has always supported our first responders,” said Mayor Joe Kuspa. “May is a month in which our nation recognizes our EMS/Fire personnel, Police officers and DPS workers.  Therefore, it is appropriate that we display this banner as a way of thanking the men and women who work in these public safety departments.

“All of our employees are important to the overall functioning of our city. But, our first responders are asked to support the needs of our residents 24/7.  Many times those duties involve difficult, dangerous or challenging circumstances.  This has especially been true during the past year.

“Let us celebrate the dedicated work that they perform every day.  This banner is a small token of that appreciation.”

Mayor Pro Tem Marl Farrah echoed Kuspa’s feelings.

“As a retired Southgate Police officer and council liaison to our Public Safety Commission, I have a genuine appreciation for the work that is performed by our first responders,: he said.

“Having served this city for over 30 years, I believe that this recognition is well deserved and a fitting way to commemorate these national weeks of recognition in the city of Southgate.”

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