If there's one thing firefighters are always prepared for, it's getting into the heat of the action. Burbank Temporary Aid Center officials gave more than 300 Burbank residents that same chance Friday evening as they staged a hot evening of festivities to honor Burbank Fire Chief Tracy Pansini at the fourth annual Burbank Top Award for Citizenship fundraiser at The Castaway.
Having joined the Burbank Fire Department in 1979, Pansini was pinned with the city's top firefighter badge in January 2006. During Friday's event, he was lauded for his long and dedicated service to the department and commitment to the community at large.
From his service on the local board of the Boy Scouts of America to being a "Red Card" team member who can be dispatched on a moment's notice to fight wildfires throughout the Western United States, Pansini was presented with tributes and commendations from Assemblyman Paul Krikorian, state Sen. Jack Scott, Rep. Adam Schiff, County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.