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San Tan Valley Celebrates Local Hero: Steve Tremonti Awarded US Paramedic Hero of the Year

In an inspiring celebration of community and recognition, Focus Comics recently honored Engineer Paramedic Steve Tremonti with the prestigious 2024 Hero of the Year Award in the US Paramedic category. The accolade was presented at the Samurai Comics store in Glendale, marking a career dedicated to service and compassion.

Steve Tremonti, a dedicated member of Rural Metro Fire for nearly two decades, is not only revered for his professional expertise but also for his personal commitment to autism awareness—a cause close to his heart as a father to an autistic child. Throughout his career, Tremonti has participated in numerous charitable events, including 5k runs and stair climbs, often dressed in full firefighter gear to raise awareness and support for autism. His actions reflect the values instilled by Rural Metro Fire's founder, Lou Witzeman Jr., who advocated for being a "White Horse" in service to those in need.

Tremonti's role extends beyond his official duties; he also serves as a mentor to new firefighters, embodying the essence of professionalism and leadership. His selection to represent Rural Metro Fire as the Hero of the Year is a testament to his significant contributions and the high regard in which he is held by his colleagues and the community.

The award ceremony coincided with Focus Comics' military vehicle art program graduation, which celebrated Autism Acceptance Month. The event gathered local heroes and Focus Comics' autistic and special needs students, who were thrilled to meet Tremonti and include him in their Class of 2024 photo. This interaction not only honored Tremonti but also uplifted the spirits of young, aspiring heroes within the community.

Yvonne Wan, Focus Comics creator and social cultural anthropologist, emphasized the significance of the Hero Awards: "The Focus Comics Hero awards are a celebration honoring local heroes for their courage, sacrifice, selfless service, patriotism, compassion, and leadership. It was an honor to present this award to Steve for embodying the values and ideals of the nation."

The ceremony drew notable attendees, including Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers, who opened the event with a speech on the importance of community, autism acceptance, and the integral roles played by military and first responder heroes.

Focus Comics continues to champion the cause of autism awareness and acceptance, providing a platform for special needs children to shine as both artists and inspirations. The Hero of the Year Awards serves not just to recognize individual excellence, but to foster a broader understanding and acceptance of autism within the community. 

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