Fullerton, CA – The Los Angeles County Firefighters Association (IAFF Local 1014), who represent firefighters and paramedics in the City of La Habra, announced their enthusiastic support of Joe Kerr for County Supervisor today.
“Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics in La Habra are proud to join with first responders from every city in Orange County’s 4th Supervisorial District in supporting Joe Kerr,” said Los Angeles County Firefighters President Dave Gillotte. “As a retired fire captain, Joe will bring an important and needed perspective to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and we can count on him to find long-term solutions to the problems facing the region.”
The Los Angeles County Firefighters (IAFF Local 1014) represent over 3,200 firefighters, paramedics, dispatchers, pilots, wildland firefighters, forestry personal, and health hazmat personnel throughout Southern California.
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 in a swimming pool and had stopped breathing.
Joe grew up in La Habra and Cypress. He and his wife, China, are the proud parents of a 13-year-old son.