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March 31, 2010 > Firefighter of the Year and Employee of the Year

Firefighter of the Year and Employee of the Year

Submitted By Lou Horyza
Photos By courtesy of Lou Horyza

Yvonne Matagulay and Isaac Lorenzana have been named Milpitas Fire Department (MFD) Firefighter of the Year and Employee of the Year respectively. Nominated by their peers, they were chosen by a six- member committee consisting of the three previous recipients for each category. The Knights of Columbus Council 5796 will honor Matagulay during its annual Citizen of the Year Awards event. The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal, non-profit group that focuses on council, family, church, community and youth activities. The Employee of the Year is recognized at an internal Fire Department event.

Yvonne Matagulay was hired as a firefighter on January 4, 1988 and became a paramedic in 1996. Since joining MFD, she has always been recognized for her selflessness and willingness to help others in the department. She is a strong advocate for labor concerns and serves on numerous other committees.

Isaac Lorenzana was hired as a firefighter on October 3, 2001. He was promoted to Engineer in 2007. Lorenzana is respected for his strong work ethic and always assists other co-workers with training. He is known for his dedication to the organization, work ethic, desire to mentor new employees and strong commitment to fostering teamwork within the organization. His qualities make him an outstanding member of the department.

Reservations for the Knights of Columbus' Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet must be made by Friday, April 2. Please send checks (payable to "K of C 5796") and the names of attendees to Lou Horyza, 667 Escuela Place, Milpitas, CA 95035. Tickets are $30 per person and will also be held at the door.

For more information contact Awards Banquet Chairman Lou Horyza at (408) 263-8779 or email

Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet
Saturday, April 10
6:30 p.m.
Pavalkis Hall St. John's Parish
279 South Main St., Milpitas
(408) 263-8779

$30 per person
RSVP by Friday, April 2

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