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Fire & Rescue raising funds to maintain the new Captain Michael Kreza Memorial Highway

 
by: Tony Dodero
Posted: January 12, 2021

 

Captain Michael Kreza and Family

 

COSTA MESA...As we enter into the New Year, Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue is very happy to share that the Costa Mesa Fire Captain Michael Kreza Memorial Highway, (a result of Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 (SCR 21), is now in its final phase and we are working to ensure that all of the final funding needs are met.

As such, Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue has joined together with the Costa Mesa Firefighters Association and the Costa Mesa Community Foundation to establish the Costa Mesa Fire Captain Michael Kreza Memorial Highway and Scholarship Fund, which is now up and running.

To make a donation and be a part of this opportunity to contribute to the Costa Mesa Fire Captain Michael Kreza Memorial Highway (SCR 21) and Scholarship Fund, please click the link: https://donorbox.org/captain-kreza-memorial-highway-fund.

As of Jan. 5, 2021, the donations graciously given have totaled more than $1,200 and the department is working hard to meet a goal of $14,000.

"We are all very grateful for this incredible memorial tribute to our brother, Fire Captain 'Ironman Mike' Kreza that was unanimously approved through our state legislature," shared Fire Chief Dan Stefano. "This is a heartfelt honor that Captain Kreza's family, including his wife Shanna and their three daughters Kaylie, Layla and Audrey, our entire Costa Mesa Fire Family and our extended Costa Mesa and regional communities will always treasure and an enduring memorial for everyone to share in."

In November of 2018, Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue Captain Mike Kreza was riding his bike off duty and was tragically hit and killed by a DUI driver.

In August of 2019, California State Senate and Assembly agreed to name a portion of the 55 Freeway after Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue Captain Mike Kreza.

The freeway will be named the Costa Mesa Fire Captain Michael Kreza Memorial Highway from 19th Street in Costa Mesa to MacArthur Boulevard (Northbound) and from MacArthur Boulevard to 19th Street in Costa Mesa (Southbound).

The donations collected will be utilized for the costs associated with the naming, signage, and sign placement. All remaining and/or continuing donations and funding will be used to establish and maintain a scholarship fund in Captain Kreza’s name and honor, thereafter.

Any contribution or donation will be warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Fire Captain “Ironman” Mike Kreza’s memory will be forever imprinted within the gateway of the community that he loved and served for 18 years. Photo:CMPIO

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