Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced his recipients for the Fifth Congressional District’s Public Safety Hero Award. Each year, Thompson honors law enforcement officers and first responders in our community who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. For Napa County, Napa County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Lombardi and Napa Fire Captain Steve Becker have been selected.
“In our district and across our state, this year has been a challenging one for our law enforcement and first responders. From devastating fires to tragic incidents, our men and women have responded to countless incidents, putting their life on the line to keep us safe,” said Thompson. “That’s why I am again humbled to present my annual Public Safety Hero award to our local champions and honor the courageous service they preform day in and day out. It is a distinct honor to represent so many dedicated and heroic public servants.”
Each year, Thompson honors one local law enforcement officer and one local first responder from each county with the Public Safety Hero award.
Deputy Steven Lombardi was the first to arrive on the scene of the tragic shooting at the Pathway Home nearly one year ago and was the only person on scene until backup arrived. His heroism saved countless lives and allowed for law enforcement to arrive and contain the situation. He is a 26-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department.
Captain Steve Becker has served the Napa Valley for more than three decades, dedicated to going above and beyond his usual fire duties. From fighting for legislation to stop tragic fire accidents to managing local community problems, he is a fixture in the community.
“It is an honor to recognize Deputy Lombardi and Captain Steve Becker as Public Safety Heroes for Napa County,” said Thompson. “Their service is the epitome of above and beyond the call of duty, ensuring our community is safer and stronger because of their dedication. They are true heroes and it is my honor to join them in bettering the lives of people across our county.”
In additions to the 10 honorees from each of the counties Thompson represents, Thompson also honored entrepreneur and celebrity chef Guy Fieri with a special Public Safety Hero award in honor of his work to provide meals and support during the recent fires.
“Guy is a hometown hero – both for his support of our economy in starting businesses right in the heart of our district and for his humanitarian work to provide food to first responders and fire survivors,” said Thompson. “Fieri’s work has been exceptional and instrumental to helping our local public servants and facilitating evacuations during our community’s many recent fires. It’s my honor to recognize his work today.”
The full list of the Public Safety Heroes of the Year for the 5th Congressional District is below:
- Corporal Ryan Baille, Martinez Police Department
- Paramedic Fire Captain Dave Woods, Contra Costa Fire Protection District
- Elona Porter, Evidence Technician Supervisor and Lead Crime Scene Investigator for Lake County Sheriff’s Department
- Fire Captain Richard Lawler, CalFire Clearlake Oaks Fire Station
- Deputy Steven Lombardi, Napa County Sheriff’s Department
- Captain Steve Becker, Napa Fire Department
- Corporal Ritzie Tolentino, Vallejo Police Department
- Daniela Flores, Solano EMT and Medic Ambulance
- Cristina Montoya, Cotati Police Dispatcher and Clerk
- Captain Don Ricci, Santa Rosa Fire Department
- Guy Fieri, Celebrity Chef and local second responder
Napa Captain Becker
Napa Deputy Lombardi