UL Teams With White Sox for Fire/Life-Safety Awareness


Underwriters Laboratories (UL) hosted the Chicago White Sox’s Annual Police and Fire Night on Aug. 5 at U.S. Cellular Field. The event, sponsored by UL since 2008, honors Chicago police and fire professionals for their bravery and commitment to protecting the community.

“As a global leader in fire safety and security, UL is privileged to once again work with the Chicago White Sox to honor some of Chicago’s finest and bravest,” says Chris Hasbrook, vice president and general manager of UL’s global building materials and life safety & security industries. “UL sponsors the annual event to show our appreciation for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep people and property safe.

As the White Sox readied to battle the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, UL staffers took the opportunity to raise awareness about important life safety issues. The first 20,000 fans to enter the stadium received a pack of five Chicago White Sox baseball card magnets featuring their favorite South Side players and important UL safety tips.

UL hosted educational booths around U.S. Cellular Field where fans could learn important safety tips, including the three P’s of fire safety: prevention, protection and planning.

During a pregame ceremony, Lieutenant Nick Cairo of the Chicago Fire Department received a Lambert Tree Award, which is given to firefighters who exhibit courage and great skill in the line of duty. Last August, Lieutenant Cairo entered an extremely hazardous area of a burning apartment building to rescue two young children trapped on the second floor. Carrying the two children in his arms, Lieutenant Cairo safely evacuated the building and saved the children’s lives.

The Chicago Police Department also honored the late Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez. Officer Valadez lost his life in the line of duty during a drive-by shooting in June. During three years with the department, Officer Valadez received a department commendation award and 23 honorable mention awards. Officer Valadez’s former partner, Officer Tom Vargas, was on hand to accept an award.

UL will make donations to the Chicago Fire Department Gold Badge Society in honor of Lieutenant Cairo and to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation memory of Officer Valadez. Both charities are dedicated to honoring Chicago’s fallen heroes and providing support and assistance to their families.

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