After nearly one full year of construction, and many more years of planning by dedicated professionals and volunteers, the new Leon Valley Fire Station was presented on January 16thwith great success. The ceremony opened with bagpipes and drums, followed by the presentation of station flags, and comments from the Fire Department, Mayor Riley, Bond Oversight Committee Chairman Pedro Esquivel, and special guest former Councilman (1970-1973) and Fire Commissioner Murray Hacker. Rather than a ribbon cutting, a section of red fire hose was uncoupled (twisted apart) by Mayor Riley and Fire Chief Luis Valdez. This uncoupling marked a new beginning in our department’s history, with support from the City and success to a project that provides us with a state of the art fire station with room to grow. The outpouring of support for this project was overwhelming; it was made clear that the success we enjoyed was in part the result of many years of excellent service provided by all who have served Leon Valley. Among the biggest surprises in this project was the amount and type of donations from area businesses that wanted to help furnish and enhance the fire station. From the 10 tempur-pedic mattresses; 2 large screen televisions, kitchenware, a custom made hose rack, a microwave, coffee maker, a custom dining room table made from an old section of bowling alley lane and two old fire hydrants, two large custom made signs, large print photographs and wall décor, a commercial lawnmower, patio set and grill, gear dryer, and more; We are all very grateful and humbled by all of this generosity and kindness, thank you from all of the Leon Valley Firefighters!