Sunday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day, the Los Angeles Sentinel was invited by the office of Vice President Kamala Harris to cover her visit in L.A. with local front line workers.
The Vice President and Second Gentlemen Doug Emhoff, were joined by Congressmember Ted Leiu and his wife Betty Leiu, a former California Deputy Attorney General, to surprise local firefighters from LAFD Station 19 and wish them a Happy Fourth of July.
Vice President Harris delivered cookies upon arrival, the cookies were from Deluscious Cookies & Milk, a women-owned local small business that is based in LA and ships nationwide and across Canada.
Vice President Harris thanked the firefighters for their service and sacrifice. “You save lives and you do it so selflessly,” Vice President Harris said.
The Brentwood fire station is the Vice President’s local fire station for her home in Los Angeles.
In 2019, Station 19 was part of the more than 1,000 firefighters who responded to the Getty Fire, which destroyed 10 homes and forced thousands to evacuate.
The Biden-Harris Administration has made wildfire preparedness, response, and recovery a priority as demonstrated by the wildfire briefing with western Governors and Cabinet members last week.