January 23 City Council Meeting Recap
Medal Of Valor Awards; Recognition of Sofia Sanchez


Rocklin Firefighters Receive Medal Of Valor Awards

Three Rocklin Firefighters were honored Tuesday night with Medal of Valor awards for their bravery and quick-thinking in saving a life.

On September 19, 2023, the crew of Fire Engine 23A were dispatched to a medical emergency of an individual who had fallen in a second floor apartment. The call for service was made from a downstairs neighbor, who heard the fall from their residence. Once on-site, the crew transitioned into firefighting mode, crawling under the heavy smoke to find the unconscious victim collapsed in the bathroom. The three firefighters in the apartment pulled and carried the victim out of the burning room to begin lifesaving practices. The victim was transported to a local hospital where they were later discharged.

“It is very rare that a City of our size experiences not one, but two of these events within a year,” Fire Chief Reginald Williams relayed to council. “Tonight, we recognize Captain Chris Wade, Engineer Brian Fales, and Firefighter Chris Valenzuela for their heroism, selflessness, and exceptional courage in saving the life of a community member and a citizen.”

The three firefighters were presented with their Medal of Valor awards and certificates of recognition before City Council.

Rocklin Recognizes Local Resident Sofia Sanchez

Rocklin City Council recognized the accomplishments of local resident Sofia Sanchez, a high schooler with down syndrome who has accomplished an enormous amount at just fourteen years old and is an inspiration to people around the world. Sofia is a prolific influencer, author to best-selling books about her experiences, and starred in the latest hit-blockbuster movie, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

“One of the great things we get to do with our City Council is recognize when citizens do great things in our community,” Councilmember Bill Halldin explained. ”Rocklin resident Sofia Sanchez has dedicated herself to educating young people and adults about down syndrome. Sofia created a video when she was just 7 years old entitled ‘Down Syndrome Is Not Scary,’ which received millions of views. She spreads messages of acceptance, love, and encouragement through books, television, and movies.  Sofia is a great example of the outstanding citizens we have in Rocklin, giving back, and thriving in our community.”

Sofia thanked Council for the recognition. ”I am so honored to be able to accomplish all the work I have been able to set out to do… I am honored to live here in Rocklin and it is the best City of all time.”

Sofia also thanked Fire Engine 23A for their bravery in the incident they were honored for and for keeping the Rocklin community safe.