Michell Daku, American Red Cross Tanana Valley District Director, was honored at City Hall during Council Meeting on Monday night with a proclamation noting her agencies timely and compassionate assistance to victims of a fire that occurred in January. The proclamations were signed by City Mayor John Eberhart, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins, and North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward.
WHEREAS, on this day, the Fairbanks community pauses to reflect and recognize volunteers in action who, without hesitation rendered compassionate aid and assistance to the Fairbanks community; and
WHEREAS, at or about 3:50 am on January 29th, 2014 crews from the six fire departments were dispatched to a mutual-aid structure fire at a multi-use commercial building and apartment complex located at 3550 Geraghty Street; and
WHEREAS, mutual-aid crews consisting of 59 firefighting personnel and apparatus from six fire departments swiftly rendered rescue, fire suppression and containment; and
WHEREAS, all housing units were a total loss, displacing more than 50 people; and
WHEREAS, the American Red Cross, led by Tanana Valley District Director Michell Daku, quickly responded by establishing an emergency shelter, coordinating food and clothing vouchers and coordinating housing placement 17 families:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Luke Hopkins, Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and I, John Eberhart, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, and I, Bryce Ward, Mayor of the City of North Pole, recognize the selfless service of the American Red Cross and their important role in the combined mutual-aid response the morning of January 29th, 2014.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 24th day of February, 2014.