Taft restaurants pay tribute to first responders

From the Taft Chamber of Commerce
Taft Chief of Police Damon McMinn (left) and officers Holly Dewar and Robert Gomes with gift cards received from local resturants.

The Taft Chamber of Commerce visited Taft's first responders, Taft City Police Department, Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Kern County Fire Department, and Hall Ambulance, presenting them with gift cards donated by local resturants for $125-worth of menu items to enjoy at their respective stations and headquarters.

“It was an honor to visit all of our first responder departments to deliver this thank you. They were surprised and grateful,” remarked Chelsi Perry, Chamber Events and Membership Coordinator.

Taft Chamber of Commerce representative Chelsi Perry presents gift cards to Kern County Sheriff's Sgt. David Rutter.

At the request of our Taft Chamber Board of Directors in their most recent board meeting, the Chamber reached out to Asian Experience, Roots Eatery, Route 33 Sandwich Co., The Bank Sports Lounge, and Pizza Factory asking them to help with providing a meal to a group of local first responders. They were pleased to do so.

“The upsurge in Covid cases in Kern County and in our community, specifically, has made a more traditional commemoration of the tragedy of September 11, 2001, impossible. Still, we cannot let this pivotal date go unnoticed—especially at the 20-year mark,” stated Kathy Orrin, Chamber Executive Director.

The Chamber thanks those restaurants who helped us to recognize the hard work consistently done by our community’s first responders.

Chelsi Perry from the Taft Chamber of Commerce with Kern County firefighters.