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Airman from Fairfield lands firefighter honor

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An award-winning firefighter, singer-songwriters advancing in a contest and cheers for cheerleaders top this week’s good news.

Award for Lastusky

Senior Airman Daniel Lastusky of Fairfield received multiple awards while serving as a firefighter at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska.

Lastusky received the John L. Levitow Award for academic and leadership excellence after graduation from Airman Leadership School, then was named the Pacific Air Forces Firefighter of the Year – representing one of two Air Force major commands assigned outside the continental United States.

Lastusky was recognized for his excellent work ethic, leadership skills and expertise in matters relating to hazardous materials.

He will now join other Air Force major command winners in competition to be the Air Force Firefighter of the Year. He is at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, where he is awaiting promotion to staff sergeant. He is the son of Jeff and Karen Lastusky of Fairfield.

Duo, singer win in Vacaville

The winners of the fifth night of the Vacaville Singer-Songwriter contest are The Garda, a duo, and Nick Kantar. They beat out 15 contestants to earn a spot at the finals March 19 at the new Theatre DeVille in downtown Vacaville.

Next week’s competition will take place at Blondies Bar & Grill, 555 Main St. Registration starts at 6 p.m. with cut off at 6:50 p.m. unless the 15 spots are filled first.

For more information, call the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District at 451-2100 or go to www.downtownvacaville.com.

Dixon cheerleaders to be feted

Dixon High School cheerleaders will get a cheer from the Solano County Board of Supervisor on Tuesday.

The board is scheduled to recognize the cheerleaders for their performance at the recent NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu. It will honor cheerleaders RaBecca Hammack and Melina Ray as All-American representatives in the 2014 New Year parade in London.

Cheerleaders earned the chance for the Pro Bowl appearance at the Universal Cheer Association camp in 2013, where they won first place with their dance, jumps and cheer routine, a county report said. Hammack and Ray earned All-American status at the same camp after learning to perform a routine in three days.

Red Cross honors ‘heroes’

The American Red Cross is recognizing “Everyday Heroes” this month – those who help their neighbors in need.

“Our heroes are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others here in Solano County,” said Debbie Yee, the disaster program manager for Solano County, in a press release. “During Red Cross Month, we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help people in our community.”

March has been Red Cross Month for 70 years. Last year in Solano County, the Red Cross responded to 52 local emergencies; assisted 957 military families, 157 with emergency communications; and trained more than 1,400 people in preparedness skills, according to a press release.

Additionally, the Suisun City Council honored the Red Cross at its recent meeting, proclaiming March as “American Red Cross Month.” The proclamation highlighted the organization’s work on a local and international levels.

Democrats plan crab feed

The Solano County Democratic Central Committee will have its 48th annual crab feed at 6 p.m. March 15 at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive, Suisun City. For more information, visit www.solanodems.org.

Susan Winlow, Brad Stanhope, Barry Eberling and Amy Maginnis-Honey contributed to this report. Send your “good news” items to Glen Faison at [email protected]

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope is a former Daily Republic editor. He began his career at the DR in the last millennium. He spent 24 years as a sports editor, associate editor and news editor before leaving the Daily Republic in 2014. Brad lives in Suisun City with his wife, Mrs. Brad, and two sons. He enjoys cheese.
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