In 2008, a special day was created to honor fallen Tucson Police Officer Erik Hite and also to thank our brave law enforcement members who serve our state and put their lives at risk every day. It is a day designed to thank first responders for keeping our community safe and helping our citizens in times of crisis. It gives the community a chance to show their appreciation for all they do, while also raising money for a great cause. Last year, Governor Brewer presented Anthony Gonzales of Tucson Fire Department, Karen Corcoran and Nick Romine of Healthcare Innovations, and Steve Hammon of Oro Valley Police Department with the Heroes Day award. Senator John McCain sent a video of his appreciation and support for our heroes. Dr. Peter Rhee spoke on behalf of the UMC Trauma center and will be there again this year. Heroes Day is proud to partner with Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care, a local business that has been active in our community for over 50 years.
Senator McCain speaks for Heroes Day