Fire Captain Robert Patterson has been named as the City of Moreno Valley’s 2016 Firefighter of the Year for his devotion to our community and his passion for helping develop the firefighters of the future.
As a captain at Moreno Valley’s Fire Station 58 since 2014, Captain Patterson and his crew are responsible for responding to incidents throughout the City and on SR-60, including technical rescues, mass casualty traffic accidents and car fires.
Despite the inherent danger of responding to accidents on the freeway and the challenging nature of the calls, Captain Patterson skillfully directs his crew to manage care for multiple patients. His calm demeanor and decades of experience ensure patients receive the care they need and his crew remains safe from harm.
In addition to his daily responsibilities, Captain Patterson oversees one of the Department’s two Fire Explorer posts. Captain Patterson’s passion for teaching and training is apparent through his oversight of the Explorers, which provides Moreno Valley high school students a valuable opportunity to learn first-hand about a career in fire or emergency services.
Since 2014, Captain Patterson has led the Spark of Love Toy Drive which collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for local children and families. In cooperation with the Community Assistance Program of Moreno Valley, and other non-profit groups, Captain Patterson has helped make the program more successful each year.
“Captain Patterson is the very definition of a public servant,” said Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez. “He truly lives to serve our community through his work as a firefighter, as a teacher, and as a leader.”