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Commons says thanks to emergency workers

Members of the Manteca police and fire departments talk with Cynthia Ford, inside services director, hosting last week's appreciation luncheon for Manteca's emergency responders.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin/

POSTED September 14, 2009 2:10 a.m.

It was a noontime event that showed the appreciation for Manteca’s emergency teams last week.  It was the second annual event and a first for the new general manager George Bewick.

The Commons at Union Ranch laid out the red carpet for lunch three days in a row – three days so they could meet the varying shift schedules of police, fire and medics.  Some 200 meals were served and plates were sent back to the dispatchers who couldn’t make the luncheon.

Bewick said it was great to see the emergency personnel coming through the doors for a social function rather than in the middle of the night when they are on an emergency call.  He said he hoped it also serves to make them more familiar with the building by seeing it in daytime hours.

Wednesday through Friday the parking area outside the Union Road facility was filled with police cruisers, motorcycles, fire trucks and an ambulance or two – Lathrop-Manteca Fire crews were on hand as well.

The men and women in blue lined up at the buffet table to fill their plates as they talked with the retirement center staffers including general manager George Bewick, Helen Lopez and Cynthia Ford.

The menu included Fagundes Catering Service tri-tip and chicken, assorted salads, fruits, garlic bread and sodas. 

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