Members of the Torrance community were honored for supporting the Torrance Fire Department, including the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day. 

The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce put on its inaugural Torrance Fire Department Appreciation and Awards luncheon recently. The Torrance Fire Department, community and City staff were appreciated for supporting the life saving mission of Torrance’s Fire personnel.

It was an opportunity to not only honor the members of the Fire Department, but also to thank the hospitals, businesses and others who work with them. Torrance is one of the best fire departments in California, with a Class One rating that has only been given to 12 departments in the state. They have achieved this rating every year since 1995.

Honorees were recognized in eight categories, including Award of Merit, Chief’s Award, Special Recognition, Civilian Employee of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, Business Recognition Award, Mission Support and Community Award.

One recipient of the community award was Rod Steffler, a long-time Torrance employee who began his career with the City in 1983. He retired recently after 32 years of serving the Torrance community. As the building maintenance and building contract supervisor, he was responsible for 125 City facilities, including the Fire Department. Everyone knew they could call on Steffler at anytime and he would be there. He made it his duty to always fix a problem within a timely manner and fully support the Department.

Alec Miller was named the Firefighter of the Year among nearly two dozen firefighters who were acknowledged for going above and beyond the call of duty and showing outstanding performance.