Orange County Firefighters Endorse Joe Kerr for Supervisor

on Wednesday, 28 June 2017. Posted in Press Releases, Endorsements

Brea, CA – The Orange County Professional Firefighters announced their endorsement of Joe Kerr’s campaign for supervisor today. Support from the firefighters represents one of the most sought after endorsements in Orange County politics. Kerr served as the President of the Orange County Professional Firefighters between 1995 and 2012.

In announcing the endorsement, Orange County Professional Firefighters Association PAC Chairman Todd Baldridge stated:
“As the President of our organization, Joe Kerr fought to keep neighborhoods safe and make local government more transparent. We are excited to announce our endorsement of his campaign because we know that he will make an excellent supervisor - one who is responsive, independent, and laser-focused on protecting Orange County’s quality of life. Local firefighters and paramedics are looking forward to playing an active role in the campaign ahead.”

The Orange County Professional Firefighters Association represents nearly 1,000 professional firefighters. Combined, they provide regional fire protection to 23 cities and 1.5 million residents in Orange County.

Joe Kerr is a second-generation professional firefighter who served as a fire captain with the Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Fire Department for over 25 years. He was the first President of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, the former Vice President of the California Professional Firefighters, as well as a former Vice President of the Orange County Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO).

Joe was named Fireman of the Year by the Cypress Fire Department in 1979, Overachiever of the Year by the Orange County Firemen’s Association in 1984, and Fire Captain of the Year by the Orange County Fire Department in 1986. In 1981, he was given a Certificate of Merit from the Orange County Board of Supervisors for his role in responding to the Air California jetliner crash at John Wayne Airport. He was also presented with the Courage Under Fire Award in 1999 for rescuing and reviving a non-breathing occupant who was trapped in a residential structure fire. After retiring in 2012, Joe received numerous awards and recognitions for helping to save the life of a baby who was drowning and had stopped breathing in a swimming pool.

Joe’s history of community service includes having served as an advisor to the Board of the Orange County Foundation for Oncology, Children and Families (OCF-OCF).

Joe grew up in La Habra and Cypress. He and his wife, China, are the proud parents of a 13-year-old son.

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