Laguna Beach officially pins the badge on new fire chief
New Laguna Beach Fire Chief Michael Garcia, who took the helm of the department in late April, stands in front of a fire engine after his installation ceremony Monday.(Photo by Spencer Grant)
Laura Garcia pins the Laguna Beach fire chief’s badge on her husband, Michael, during a ceremony Monday.(Photo by Spencer Grant)
Michael Garcia, left, and Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig, right, recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a ceremony Monday officially installing Garcia as the Laguna Beach fire chief.(Photo by Spencer Grant)
Michael Garcia, Laguna Beach’s new fire chief, shakes hands with firefighters outside City Hall after his installation ceremony Monday.(Photo by Spencer Grant)
Laguna Beach Fire Chief Michael Garcia speaks during his badge pinning ceremony Monday as his wife, Laura, daughters Hailey and Madison and son Brett listen from the front row.(Photo by Spencer Grant)
Laguna Beach officially welcomed the city’s 19th fire chief during a badge pinning ceremony Monday at City Hall.
Michael Garcia, a 32-year fire service veteran, took the helm of the Laguna Beach Fire Department on April 30. He replaced former chief Jeff LaTendresse, who retired in August after serving in the post since 2012.
Garcia’s wife, Laura, pinned the chief’s badge on her husband during Monday’s ceremony, which was attended by city and fire officials and Garcia’s three children.
Before arriving in Laguna Beach, Garcia worked for the Long Beach Fire Department for 28 years, holding various command staff positions.
“I am honored in being selected to lead the Laguna Beach Fire Department and I am humbled in becoming a part of such a great city team,” Garcia said in a statement earlier this year. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of caring professionals, and I look forward to working with them as we plan for the future while continuing to provide excellent and responsive service to the community.”
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