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Calexico council agrees to help fire department plan benefit for NYC firefighters' fund

September 20, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The City Council here will not use general fund dollars to make a donation to charities on the East Coast but decided to help the Calexico Fire Department organize a rally and fund raiser Sunday for a New York City firefighters' fund.

The decision by the council to work with the department came after City Attorney Michael Rood said the city couldn't use general fund dollars unless it could prove Calexico would benefit from the donation.

After conferring with Rood, City Manager Richard Inman suggested using city property and supplies for the carne asada plate sale planned for 11 a.m. Sunday in the vicinity of Rockwood Park and the Calexico fire station on Fifth Street.

City staffers will help purchase the food and supplies for the event so all proceeds can be sent to the New York Firefighters-911 Disaster Relief Fund.


Cedric Ceseña, firefighter/paramedic and vice president of the Calexico Firefighters' Association, said the department has printed almost 1,200 tickets for the carne asada plate sale.

Plates of carne, salsa, rice and beans will sell for $6.

Ceseña said in addition to the food and camaraderie there possibly will be musical entertainment, "maybe a DJ or a mariachi band."

He said the department will close Fifth Street in front of the fire station to accommodate the crowd.

The department is putting on the event because firefighters are all a part of a "big brotherhood," according to Ceseña.

"It (the loss of firefighters after the terrorist attacks last week) affects us the same as if this had happened to a co-worker or one of our brothers locally," he said.

"We know that it is going to be difficult for the families to bear the pain and the financial burden.

"Whatever little money we can help with will be greatly appreciated in New York City," he added.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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