Irwindale, CA Metropolis Council Honors Athens Security Hero

On a traditional Saturday afternoon, whereas many settled in or ready for an evening out, Francisco Lopez, a 20-year Athens Companies loyalist, was clocking in for his shift. For the previous few years, Francisco has made it his accountability to guard the Irwindale Yard and the Athens fleet as a profession. A profession that he takes nice delight in.

After the final truck was parked and everybody had left for the weekend, Francisco closed the gates and commenced his in a single day shift because the Yard Safety Guard. As he carried out security checks and made positive the property was secured, he observed one thing removed from regular: smoke! An Athens truck was on fireplace!

Underneath regular circumstances, Francisco would have referred to as 911, however on this afternoon, he sprang into motion to extinguish the hearth. Francisco says, “I knew what I needed to do and do it.” He pulled a fireplace extinguisher from a close-by truck and commenced to struggle the hearth, however the truck’s compactor was totally engulfed. He referred to as 911, and utilizing his driver coaching from a number of years earlier than, efficiently moved adjoining vans away from the hearth.

As soon as the opposite vans had been secure, he grabbed one other fireplace extinguisher, and one other, to forestall the hearth from spreading. Surrounded by smoke and exploding glass, he bravely continued till he heard the hearth truck arrive and dashed greater than 100 yards to open the gates. By that point, the hearth had destroyed truck 362, however extra importantly, the remainder of the fleet was saved.

For his heroism, Irwindale Mayor Larry G. Burrola and the Metropolis Council acknowledged Francisco with a particular proclamation at their April 13 assembly. Immediately, we acknowledge Francisco Lopez as an Athens Security Hero. Thanks Francisco on your dedication and bravado in sustaining safety and security at Athens Companies.

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