Secundino Vargas, a fire captain at Fire Station 301, has been named the Knights of Columbus' Victor Valley Council 4228 Fire Fighter of the Year for 2007. Capt. Vargas received his award during a recent ceremony at the Knights' Hesperia clubhouse.

Capt. Vargas has been a member of the San Bernardino County Fire Department for more than 25 years and has served as Station 301 fire captain for the last three years.

"Capt. Vargas is an outstanding dedicated employee who is known for being a highly self-motivated supervisor who can always be counted on to get the job done," said Chief Sid Hultquist. "Captain Vargas has a high sense of dedication to his job and the citizens of Hesperia."

According to Chief Hultquist, Capt. Vargas has exceeded expectations by helping those in need by arranging for food shelter or transportation, many times out of his own pocket.

He also is involved with numerous committee assignments all of which lead to the betterment of the services provided to the community by the fire department. Some of these assignments include functioning as the local City representative for public information and coordination of the public education programs in Hesperia. Capt. Vargas also sits on the County wide Uniform and Safety Equipment Committee which is dedicated to improving fire fighter safety, on top of all this Captain Vargas is a trained rescue specialist who has helped put together the highly specialized Urban Technical Rescue Response Unit for the City of Hesperia which is located at Fire Station 301, according to Chief Hultquist.