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Alamo Rotary presents inaugural service award to fire chief Meyer

Lauded as ‘able negotiator, respected arbitrator and excellent communicator’

The Rotary Club of Alamo recently recognized San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District fire chief Paige Meyer for his dedicated service to Alamo and the entire Valley by presenting Meyer the club’s first-ever Community Service Award.

The new award program was created to honor local first responders and other community members who exemplify Rotary International’s motto of “Service Above Self,” according to Diane Barley, club and vocational service director.

“Paige Meyer was selected to receive the first award because he is an able negotiator, a respected arbitrator, and excellent communicator,” Barley said in a statement. “In addition, Paige has done an outstanding job in his ability to balance fiscal policy and restraints, management issues and the needs of the firefighters.”

“Further, the new Alamo Fire Station being built at the corner of Stone Valley Road and Miranda Avenue is coming in under budget and on schedule,” she added, noting the fire station is expected to open in late February or early March.

After receiving the inaugural award, Meyer said, “It is very special to be the first recipient of this award from the Rotary Club of Alamo and I am very pleased and humbled to do so on behalf of all of the firefighters in the San Ramon Valley.”

Meyer joined the local fire district in March 2013 after serving 16 years with the Vallejo Fire Department, including as its fire chief.

As San Ramon Valley fire chief, Meyer also serves as a board member of the East Bay Regional Communications Authority, an honorary member of the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Contra Costa County Executive Fire Chiefs, sitting as president from 2013-15.

He began his career 25 years ago as a volunteer firefighter in Stockton and later as a public safety officer with the city of Sunnyvale. He attended California State University at Chico and holds degrees in public administration and fire science.

Founded just over 45 years ago, Alamo Rotary supports a variety of programs at local schools, provides dictionaries to third-grade students and sponsors two free medical clinics for uninsured and underserved adults with acute or chronic medical conditions, among other community and international projects.

The club meets on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. at Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Round Hill Road in Alamo.

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