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'We Are In This Together' event Friday in Fresno

'We Are In This Together' event Friday in Fresno

An event that promotes relationship building between our local law enforcement and community is happening in Fresno Friday, August 19th.

The event is called “We’re In This Together” and will take place at Great American Car Wash at 3854 N. Blackstone Ave. in Fresno.

The event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. and will feature speakers from members of the community and law enforcement.

The organizer of the event, A.J. Rassamni, visited Great Day on Thursday to talk about the event.

Schedule of Events:

  • Welcome by Emcee Matt Otstot of KMJ Radio
  • Fresno County Sheriff Honor Guard to present colors
  • Pledge of Allegiance Emcee Matt Otstot
  • Prayer: Pastor Paul Binion
  • Valerie Salcedo National Anthem

Guest Speakers (5 minutes each)

  • Fresno Sheriff-Coroner, Margaret Mims
  • Fresno Chief of Police, Jerry Dyer
  • District Attorney, Lisa Smittcamp
  • Supervisor Henry Perea
  • Pastor Paul Binion from West Side Church of God
  • Speaker Raquel Vue From River of Life Church
  • Nirvail Singh, representative of local Indian community
  • Karen Crozier, PhD Fresno Pacific University
  • Officer Katrina Lloyd
  • Diane Phakonekham Executive Director Big Brother's Big Sisters
  • Speaker FPD Chaplain Rodney Lowery, Project Stealth
  • Speaker from Police department to talk about training process

Speakers who had positive contacts with law enforcement (2 minutes each)

  • Don & Faith Klein – Veteran who had his stolen classic cars returned to him
  • Arnold Oeschger – CCW holder who held a burglar at gunpoint until deputies arrived
  • Nina Alvarado – 16 year old Clovis West student rescued by deputies from the San Joaquin River
  • Christina Smith - Woman who crash her car and was pulled to safety by a deputy passing by the area.
  • Samantha Gonzalez – 10 year old girl who received a bike from the Sheriff’s Office to replace the one she had stolen a few days after her birthday

Valerie Salcedo sings God Bless America

Awards presented by Sheriff Mims and Chief Dyer

  • Jose Sanchez, citizen who saved a baby from a burning car near Caruthers
  • Chris Easter, an ex-con who has improved his life by becoming a manager at the Great American Car Wash
  • Officer Deputy Raquenio

Q & A with Chief Dyer and Sheriff Mims

Closing by AJ Rassamni

Taps, Fresno PD Eric Panabaker


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