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Mayor Keller Recognizes Department of Senior Affairs Team with Hero Awards

Employees provided emergency shelter and care for fire victims.

April 4, 2019

Mayor Tim Keller honored seven Senior Affairs employees yesterday, for going above and beyond to help displaced families after an apartment complex fire in southeast Albuquerque.  Each individual was presented with a Public Safety Hero’s Award Coin for their response in aiding 29 families and their pets.

“These city employees went above and beyond to ensure that our neighbors were taken care of in a time of crisis, some staying overnight at the center with these families,” stated Mayor Keller. “More than 21 employees from various departments chipped in to make sure that everyone was taken care of.”

On Sunday March 18, 2018, an apartment complex caught fire causing many residents and their pets to be displaced.  As a result, the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center was activated to serve as an emergency shelter site to provide food, shelter and care for the families who were displaced.  In addition to the team from the Department of Senior Affairs, employees from the Animal Welfare Department, Transit, and Safe City Strike Force assisted with the process.