Soboba honors Avalos as firefighter of the year

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Xzavier Avalos of Hemet is the first recipient of the Soboba Fire Department Chief Howard Maxcy Sr. Firefighter of the Year award. Valley News/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians photo
Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Special to Valley News Xzavier Avalos is the first recipient of the Soboba Fire Department Chief Howard Maxcy Sr. Firefighter of the Year award. The distinction was set in motion when the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians opened its state-of-the-art fire station in June 2019. The award’s criteria are an ongoing improvement of skills, good attitude, positive impact on fellow crew members and a willingness to go above and beyond. Chief Glenn Patterson said Avalos stood out in many ways throughout the year. “He is always willing to step up when we need him, signed up for extra-curricular classes, got qualified as a fire line paramedic and took assignments in Northern California and even provided haircuts to crew members during the pandemic shutdow
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