FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2015
Contact: Greg Hill
Auburn, CA — The Gold Country Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) recently announced its 2015 Public Service Awards. Chapters of the SAR in states across America present awards to public safety officers and other citizens who exemplify the best civic traditions of our nation. This year’s awardees are:
Fire Safety Commendation Medal
Chief Mark D’Ambrogi (Ret.) – Auburn City Fire Department
Fire Chief D’Ambrogi recently retired this January from the City of Auburn after a long career of ensuring their safety. He started his career as a firefighter in 1977, and has served Auburn since 2002. That’s 37 years of dedicated service. Even after retiring, he continues to work as a consultant to help establish defensible space between Auburn and the American River Canyon.
Law Enforcement Commendation Medal
Detective Ian Ackard – Auburn Police Department
This year’s awardee, Detective Ian Ackard, was nominated by his Chief in the Auburn Police Department, John Ruffcorn. Detective Ackard has been working to keep the citizens of Auburn safe for many years. Often drawing letters of support from citizens he helped and praise from his department. His work on the Special Investigations Unit is specifically one of the reasons he has been singled out for this award.
Bronze Good Citizenship Medal
Jack Bell – Student, Del Oro High School (Loomis, CA)
Jack Bell is a Junior at Del Oro High School in Loomis. This April, he helped organize a highly successful “Sacrifice” Assembly, hoping to help students see the high cost of our political freedom here in America, and what the people who serve in the military go through to protect that freedom.
SAR members are male decedents of a patriot who fought or assisted the cause of American Independence. The Gold Country SAR sponsors many youth programs and is actively involved in our community. The roots of the Sons of the American Revolution began in the patriotic fervor of 1876. By 1889, the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration as president, we were officially organized as the SAR. In 1906, the SAR received a charter from Congress, signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was himself a member of the SAR. The Gold Country Chapter was founded in 1924 in Auburn, CA.
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