Inside Seven
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A beautiful blue sky was the backdrop at the San Gabriel Police Department-sponsored Safety Expo.

by  Jeanne Bonfilio
Issue Date: 11/2006

Emergency services agencies join forces to provide important information to the San Gabriel community.

Caltrans Media Relations and Public Affairs staff joined the San Gabriel Police Department and other transportation and emergency service agencies at their annual Community Safety Expo at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium on Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All types of emergency services personnel, such as police, fire, search and rescue, ambulance companies and many others from both the public and private sectors, were on hand to meet and greet the public and provide important resource information.

“The San Gabriel Police Department coordinates this expo using as much emergency equipment and personnel as possible, along with eye catching items such as helicopters, heavy equipment, police and fire vehicles, and giveaways for the public,” said San Gabriel Police Sergeant Chris Ortell. “The entire event is free to the public and made possible only with the combined efforts from both public and private organizations.”

Caltrans Public Information Officers Judy Gish and Jeanne Bonfilio represented District 7 at the Expo, which was a great opportunity for the public to ask questions and receive important information about Caltrans’ projects, services and job opportunities.
In addition, the agencies present assisted visitors with helpful resource information and local emergency contacts.  “We all know that emergencies and natural disasters occur without notice and many times the public has no idea what to do or where to start to get help, especially when dealing with children and the elderly,” added Sergeant Ortell.  “That is why this Community Safety Expo is so important.”

The event was very well attended and included a helicopter flyover, children’s fingerprinting, many raffles and great music.  “Caltrans was happy to be part of this worthwhile event,” said Gish.  “We want to thank the San Gabriel Police Department for their invitation, for doing such a great job in coordinating this Safety Expo and for this opportunity to meet personally with the public.  We look forward to participating again in the future.”

Public Information Officers Judy Gish, left,  and Jeanne Bonfilio, right, staff the Caltrans information table and greet visitors. Residents stop by the Caltrans exhibit and leave with important information. California Highway Patrol Officer Bill Preciado makes a surprise visit. The Caltrans booth keeps a watchful eye on police motorcycles while officers are busy with families at the Safety Expo.