News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Palo Alto Firefighters to Honor Veterans and Military Service Members on July 4
Contact : Catherine Capriles, Deputy Fire Chief, Palo Alto Fire Department    650-444-6271
Palo Alto, CA—Palo Alto Firefighters will be donning new uniform shirts on July 4 to honor veterans and military service members.  Worn on special holidays to celebrate veterans and current service members, the shirts are intended to celebrate the United States and recognize the sacrifice of service members past and present. 

Purchased with the firefighters' own funds, the crews will be highly visible throughout the community at the Chili Cook-Off in Mitchell Park, and while conducting safety watches for illegal fireworks.

Fire Captain Brian Baggott said, "While the community is celebrating the Fourth of July, we wanted to honor our veterans and current members of the military."

The Palo Alto Firefighters have partnered with Hugs for Heroes, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting troops serving overseas through shipments of essential items and notes of love and appreciation. Extra t-shirts will be available at the Firefighter’s Chili Cook-Off booth with all proceeds supporting Hugs for Heroes ( 

Fire Chief Eric Nickel celebrated his firefighters’ creativity and dedication to others, “On a holiday where they are away from their families, the Palo Alto Firefighters keep our community safe, while thoughtfully thinking of others.”

Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July

All fireworks are illegal in the City of Palo Alto