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A Napa County Sheriff’s deputy who was the first to respond to last March’s tragic shooting at The Pathway Home and a dedicated Napa Fire Department captain are Rep. Mike Thompson’s Napa County Public Safety Heroes of the Year.

Deputy Steven Lombardi, a 26-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, responded last March 9 to an active shooter call on the grounds of the Veterans Home at Yountville. He traded gun shots with the shooter prior to backup arriving. Three staff members were killed, but Thompson, D- St. Helena, said Lombardi’s actions “saved countless lives and allowed for law enforcement to arrive and contain the situation.”

Capt. Steve Becker of the Napa Fire Department has served the Napa Valley for more than three decades, dedicated to going above and beyond his usual fire duties, Thompson said. From fighting for legislation to stop tragic fire accidents to managing local problems, he is a fixture in the community, he said.

“It is an honor to recognize Deputy Lombardi and Captain Steve Becker as Public Safety Heroes for Napa County,” said Thompson. “Their service is the epitome of above and beyond the call of duty, ensuring our community is safer and stronger because of their dedication. They are true heroes and it is my honor to join them in bettering the lives of people across our county.”

Each year, Thompson honors one local law enforcement officer and one local first responder from each county within his district with the Public Safety Hero award.

In additions to the 10 honorees, Thompson also honored entrepreneur and celebrity chef Guy Fieri with a special Public Safety Hero award in recognition of his work to provide meals and support during the wildfires of 2017 and 2018.

Also honored were:

—Corporal Ryan Baille, Martinez Police Department;

—Paramedic Fire Capt. Dave Woods, Contra Costa Fire Protection District;

—Elona Porter, Evidence Technician supervisor and lead crime scene investigator for Lake County Sheriff’s Department;

—Fire Capt. Richard Lawler, CalFire Clearlake Oaks Fire Station;

—Corporal Ritzie Tolentino, Vallejo Police Department;

—Daniela Flores, Solano EMT and medic ambulance;

—Cristina Montoya, Cotati Police dispatcher and clerk;

—Capt. Don Ricci, Santa Rosa Fire Department.

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City Editor

Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.