At Accident Law Group we have tremendous respect and admiration for the sacrifice first responders and their families make for the safety of us all. These are individuals who clearly value the lives and well-being of others over themselves and deserve our thanks. It is an honor for Accident Law Group to recognize these great individuals.
Joseph L. Brown, Esq.
Surprise Fire-Medical - Battallion Chief Jesus Rivera
Battalion Chief Jesus Rivera oversees the Surprise Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division. He has recently established 2 new programs in the Department:
- Behavioral Health Alternative Destination Service – This new service allows behavioral health patients to be transported to a behavioral health clinic versus the hospital emergency room (ER), saving time and money, as well as freeing up the ER for emergency patients and keeping an ambulance in service.
- Treat and Refer Program – This allows paramedics to follow up with patients to alleviate frequent emergency medical calls and hospital transports.
Chief Rivera makes presentations across the State with DHS to discuss these programs, and has become an ambassador around the state as well as nationally. He has made the Surprise EMS division a model for other fire departments across the country.
Glendale Fire Department – Engineer/Firefighter Amber Johnsson
Engineer/Firefighter Johnsson has been with the Glendale Fire Department for 15 years. She promoted to the rank of engineer in 2016.
Johnsson uses her position with the Glendale Fire Department as a platform to do good things in the community she serves. She has organized three smoke detector walks in Glendale to increase awareness of the importance of smoke detectors. After working a fire where a family perished because their smoke detectors were not working, she teamed up with the Sejata Smoke Alarm Foundation, and organized a golf tournament that raised more than $4,000.
Engineer/Firefighter Johnsson is active in other community charites as well:
- Participating in Horses With Hearts Rodeo benefitting children with autism and cerebral palsy
- Helping to raise $1,000 for the Fourth Man Servants, a non-profit that assists veterans with medical bills, home maintenance and assistance
- Working with Bottles for Babies, which benefits low income, single mothers with in getting clothing, formula, diapers, and assistance as well as education
- Volunteering at Harvest Compassion Center
In 2005, Johnsson received the Firemark award for rescuing a dog from a fire. This allowed the Glendale Fire Department to receive the first FIDO bag donation from the Fetch Foundation. A tool still used by Glendale Firefighters when animals are involved in a housefire.
Engineer/Firefighter Johnsson goes above and beyond the call of duty, spending countless hours donating her time and positively impacting people around her.
Chandler Police Department – Lt. Scott Veach
Lieutenant Scott Veach is a 24 year veteran of the Chandler Police Department currently in charge of the traffic unit. Lt. Veach has served in a variety of assignments within the Chandler Police Department, including:
- Field Training Officer
- School Resource Officer
- SWAT Negotiator
- Motor Officer
- Patrol Officer
Most importantly, Lt. Veach has made a great impact off duty as a volunteer football coach at Payson Jr. High, Hamilton High School, and Chandler Youth Football from 1993-2010.
Lt. Veach recently received a Life Saving Medal after he performed life saving techniques (CPR) on a driver that sustained a medical emergency and was involved in a vehicle accident. The actions of Lt. Veach saved this person's life who was able to make a full recovery.