April 17, 2023
Antron Brown's win at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas was a momentous occasion for both him and the community. Driving his Matco Tools dragster, Brown collected his first win of the season. In a thrilling final round, Brown finished ahead of Steve Torrence, Brittany Force, and Josh Hart, with a time of 3.760.
While Brown's victory was undoubtedly impressive, there was another hero being recognized at the event. Jacob Thatcher, a firefighter-paramedic with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, was named the Fire Dept. Coffee/NHRA Community Hero at the Four-Wide Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Thatcher has been instrumental in reshaping the culture of Las Vegas first responders to prioritize stress management and mental health. His peers at Las Vegas Fire & Rescue nominated him for this honor because of the importance of his efforts and the difference he has made in bringing awareness and much-needed mental health resources to the crews and family members in Las Vegas.
As a member of the Peer Support Team, Jacob has contributed to numerous projects. He has a unique ability to put others at ease and overcome the lingering stigma of seeking help for mental health issues. He quickly gains the trust of those in need, which is a testament to his compassion, kindness and patience.
As the official coffee of the NHRA, Fire Dept. Coffee is proud to recognize Jacob for going the extra mile to support his fellow first responders. Our company was founded by and is run by firefighters, so we understand firsthand the challenges faced by these men and women, and we know the importance of supporting their physical and mental health.
Our partnership with the NHRA allows us to celebrate the courageous men and women of the fire service and honor those who go above and beyond. So, let's raise a cup of Fire Dept. Coffee to Jacob Thatcher.
Your hard work and commitment to excellence do not go unnoticed, and we are grateful for everything you do.
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