When Paul Orta was trying to think of the perfect gift for his cousin, Jaime Gonzalez, all he knew was he wanted to make it something big. He ended up calling the San Benito Fire Department in hopes of getting a few signed items since Gonzalez was such a huge firefighter fanatic. Well, the SBFD took it one step farther.
On Wednesday, Gonzalez was officially declared an honorary firefighter for San Benito. According so San Benito Fire Chief Raul Zuniga, this type of honor is a very rare occurrence for the fire department.
“Actually this is the first time we’ve done this,” said Zuniga. “We got a call from this young man’s cousin and he told us everything that was going on… he told us how much he liked firefighters so we decided to bring him over here and make him an honorary firefighter.”
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