For Immediate Release
December 12, 2017
Contact: Charisma Glassman
The Mayor and Town Council proclaimed Tuesday, December 5th as Zonta Says “No” To Violence Against Women Day. The Zonta Club of Miami Lakes is the local chapter of Zonta International and is comprised of business professionals who work tirelessly in the local community through service and fundraising projects to benefit charities focused on improving lives of women. November 25th kicked off the Zonta Club of Miami Lakes “16 days of Activism”, an international campaign to raise awareness and increase actions to end violence against women and girls locally and around the world.
Furthermore, Chief Abel Fernandez, Battalion Chief of the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Station 64 in Miami Lakes, was recognized due to his upcoming retirement. He was commended for his commitment to serve our community for the last 3 years. Twenty years ago, Chief Fernandez began his career as a firefighter in Liberty City, where he gained invaluable experience as a fire paramedic. Later, he retained the title of Fire Lieutenant under the 11th Battalion which oversaw special operations. There, he learned how to combat with hazards materials and how to be an excellent ASVAB technician. Chief Fernandez went on to retain the rank of Captain, where he dedicated his efforts in the coordination of a world class fire marine operations for Miami Dade County. For the past 3 years, Chief Fernandez has not only been a dedicated Miami Lakes resident, but has been instrumental in ensuring the safety and preventive care of our community. Along with council members, he began a stroke prevention campaign called “Know Your Pulse,” as well as “R.A.M.P. It Up” campaign to encourage residents to have vital medical information written down in anticipation of an emergency for First Responders.
Mayor and Council Members with Zonta Club
Mayor and Council Members with Chief Abel Fernandez