Breakfast of gratitude

Laguna Beach High School honored firefighters and police officers last Friday with an on-campus breakfast.

Students, teachers and administrators mingled with representatives from both departments while they enjoyed breakfast burritos from Johnny’s Pizza.

After Principal Don Austin thanked the departments, both fire and police officials spoke of the school’s unexpected thoughtfulness.

The fire department has worked since summer with the district in preparing a detailed action plan for fire scenarios.


District schools closed for two days during the recent wildfires; although the Santiago fire wasn’t near school sites, the district decided to close schools due to the red flag-level risk of fire.

The district worked to create defensible space at school sites, following recommendations from the city and a consultant.

Fire Chief Mike Macey lauded the district’s efforts Tuesday, giving credit to Facilities and Grounds Director Eric Jetta.

“The amount of support we’ve received since July has been extraordinary,” Supt. Robert Fraisse said Tuesday, while honoring the fire department with a district award.