What a difference a week makes? This time last week, we were struggling with the decision to hold a virtual event in place of our in-person Above & Beyond dinner. Today, we’re faced with a global pandemic and self-quarantining. I don’t think any of us could have predicted where we would be today, and we certainly can’t forecast where we’ll be this time next week.

Like most of you, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 information and practice social distancing by limiting our interactions with others. The good news is that we have dedicated people on the frontline supporting our community and helping us all remain safe and healthy, and I hope you and your family are indeed staying well.

While we can’t celebrate in person, I’m pleased to highlight some of our inspiring honorees in this video. I hope you find it as meaningful as I did. Rest assured that the incredible resolve and dedication of our first responders will be recognized and celebrated here, on our website, and throughout the year. I also want to thank you, our dedicated donors and friends, for all the kind words of support we’ve received recently. Thank you – your support and encouragement mean so much to all of us at the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation.


In the meantime, here are three things you can do right now to support our first responders:

  • During this critical time, our firefighters, lifeguards, and medics are leaving their families and heading to work to make sure the residents of San Diego remain healthy and safe. A gift of support is very much appreciated and will help us continue our mission of providing enhanced resources for our first responders so they can continue to provide first-class care to our community. If you are able, please consider donating here.
  • If you would like to share a message of support and gratitude with our first responders, please email us at contact@sdfirerescue.org. I know your kind words will help lift their spirits during this difficult time and I look forward to sharing them with our first responders.
  • Finally, if you have flu-like symptoms, are quarantined, or under self-quarantine and need emergency services, please let the 911 dispatcher know. Sharing this information with dispatchers will help our first responders take the necessary precautions to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. For accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19 in our community, visit the San Diego County website.

Stay healthy and safe.

Wendy Robinson
Executive Director
San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation