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Nominations are being accepted for 'California Heroes Month'


Last updated 9/17/2018 at 9:48am

The honorees from the 2017 California Heroes Month proudly display their certificates of recognition. Seated in the front row, third from right, is Fallbrook's local hero from 2017, Jackie Heyneman.

EL CAJON – There are many everyday heroes all around us – teachers, firefighters, soldiers, volunteers working to improve our communities – and even the young man or woman who helped their fellow citizen carry their groceries.

Daisy Tate, executive director of the Veterans Supplemental Support Network (VSSN), wanted to make sure these heroes were given the recognition that they deserve and thus spearheaded an effort to get local and state governments to recognize September as "Heroes Month" to honor local everyday heroes from all walks of life for their selfless actions in the service of others.

In 2013, Tate asked her state senator, Joel Anderson, to write a senate resolution officially declaring September as "California Heroes Month." Anderson introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 97 in 2014, and it received unanimous support in the legislature.

September since then has officially been declared "California Heroes Month."

After the resolution's passage, Anderson said, "It's important we recognize every local hero for their community efforts. These heroes and their good deeds inspire and encourage others to step up to help their neighbors in need. California Heroes Month is a magnificent opportunity to recognize the importance of selflessly giving and recognizing those local unsung heroes within each community. These heroes and their good deeds inspire and encourage others to step up to help their neighbors in need."

This will be the last opportunity to nominate a local hero for Anderson's California Heroes Month celebration as this year is his last year serving as a state senator. People interested in nominating someone to be recognized for California Heroes Month are encouraged to fill out the nomination at (case sensitive). Nominations are due by Sept. 30. For more information, contact Jennifer Webber at (619) 596-3136 or

Submitted by Senator Joel Anderson's office


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