Local Heroes Recognized Through Mee Awards

Firefighter Ross and Officer Martinez honored for their service

March 22, 2019

Firefighter Captain Doug Ross and police officer Carlos Martinez recently received awards for acts of heroism in the Sacramento community through the Sally and Hubert Mee Fund at Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

Sacramento Fire Department’s Captain Doug Ross was honored for his bravery during the devastating Camp Fire in November 2018. While he was deployed in the vicinity of the Camp Fire, he responded to a radio call to aid fellow firefighters in need of help, and he came across a civilian who had not yet evacuated. Ross quickly directed the civilian to fire resources down the road and evacuated fellow fire personnel to safety. “Captain Ross exemplified courage and devotion to duty,” said Deputy Chief Niko King of the Sacramento Fire Department, as he presented the award to Captain Ross at an annual luncheon to honor the Mee awardees.

Officer Martinez was honored for his quick response to a structure fire at a mobile home park in September 2018. Upon arriving at the scene, he found two elderly residents trapped inside their burning home. Officer Martinez forced open the door and helped the residents to safety; if it weren’t for his quick actions, the residents may not have survived the dangerous fire. “Officer Martinez demonstrated great courage and a sense of duty, regardless of the danger he faced,” said Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn, who presented Officer Martinez the award. “He went well beyond the scope of his duties, and placed the well being of others ahead of his own.”

For years until their passing in 2007, Sally and Hubert Mee hosted the Mee Awards luncheon to honor the meritorious acts of local police and fire officials. Now, their daughters carry the tradition forward.

Heroism was always important to the Mees. As a young man, Hubert Mee had worked as a lifeguard. During World War II, he swam a wounded fellow seaman to safety during the sinking of the USS Quincy at Guadalcanal. “His experience as a hero, and seeing other acts of heroism, gave my dad a lifelong appreciation for actions that save lives,” says his daughter, Nancy Mee.

The awards program is made possible through the Sally and Hubert Mee Fund, which the Mees established in 1994 at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. The endowment for the Fund ensures the awards will continue in perpetuity; so long as there are extraordinary acts of bravery, there will be Mee Awards to recognize them.