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Gresham Fire Department Host An Interactive Training Opportunity - 05/26/22

GRESHAM, Ore. – Gresham is excited to invite the media to take part in a unique fire training event happening Friday, May 27 from 9 to 2 p.m. at the Gresham Fire Training Center, which is just north of Fire Station 74, 1520 NE 192nd Avenue, Gresham, Oregon. If you are not able to attend the full training, please reach out to Sarah.Cagann@GreshamOregon.gov for the best times to participate.

This event was originally created to give the Gresham City Council as well as City Leadership the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a firefighter. 

“At a time when public safety is growing increasingly more complex as our community needs evolve, this is an invaluable opportunity for city leaders to learn first-hand how our first responders serve the community.” said Deputy City Manager Corey Falls. 

Gresham Fire and Emergency Services Department will be facilitating several different hands-on experiences for participants ranging from wearing gear, using the “Jaws of Life” tool, and working a simulated cardiac arrest call to a live fire training simulation. Firefighters will be assigned to each of the various stations, teaching participants along the way. 

The City of Gresham Fire and Emergency Services provides life safety services to not only the Gresham community but several surrounding communities as well. We invite the media to take part in this special event and gain insight into the life of a firefighter. 

About Gresham:

Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition meets innovation and opportunity in Oregon's fourth largest city. Gresham’s residents care deeply about our roots and are committed to building a vibrant future. Today, Gresham is a dynamic, innovative, and rapidly growing city with a desire to thrive. To learn more, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov or visit us on Twitter at @CityofGresham.

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Gresham Celebrates Law Enforcement Week Through Collaboration - 05/20/22

GRESHAM, Ore. – As National Law Enforcement Week comes to a close, the City of Gresham would like to recognize and celebrate the work of the Gresham Police Department. Over the past couple of years, the Gresham Police Department has experienced challenges as many law enforcement agencies have. However, their ongoing commitment to the Gresham community is appreciated.   

“I am deeply grateful for the bravery and dedication of the Gresham Police Department,” said City Manager Nina Vetter. “I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the Gresham Police Department and the Gresham Police Officers Association as we all strive towards the common goal of a safe Gresham.”  

Despite staffing shortages and recruitment struggles, the Gresham Police Department continues to provide exceptional services to this community including such advancements as:  

  • Adding additional mental health clinicians to our Behavioral Health Unit to enhance our work around mental health and crisis response.
  • Engaging with community members through outreach, listening sessions, and fostering relationships with community-based organizations. 
  • Reimagining police services to include increasing professional civilian support staff to help address crime and livability concerns. 
  • Expanding our focus on recruitment and retention efforts. By embracing new strategies and technologies, the ability to hire the right applicant for our community is improved.  

Deputy City Manager Corey Falls stated, “I am proud of the accomplishments of the Gresham Police Department and their continuous commitment to the safety of our community.”  

Like many cities across the country, the City of Gresham faces significant hurdles as we continue to navigate the impacts of the pandemic. Yet, it is with a renewed sense of collaboration that we will move forward from this moment. 

"The men and women of the Gresham Police Officer's Association are honored to serve this incredible community,” said Gresham Police Officers Association President Tommy Walker. “Over the last two years, law enforcement has been faced with many challenges. Here in Gresham, our members remain optimistic about what the future will bring. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our City leadership for their open support and are pleased to have a collaborative rapport."  

As we conclude National Law Enforcement Week, we reflect on the great work that has been done by the Gresham Police Department and are hopeful that the steps being taken as we all work together will create a safe and inclusive Gresham for all.   

For more information, please visit GreshamOregon.gov/Safe-Gresham.  

About Gresham: 

Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition and heritage meet innovation and opportunity in Oregon's fourth largest city. Gresham’s residents care deeply about our roots and are committed to building a vibrant future. Today, Gresham is a dynamic, innovative, and rapidly growing city with a desire to thrive. In Gresham, we are family. To learn more, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov or visit us on Twitter at @CityofGresham. 

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Gresham Lilac Run Celebrates Year Four - 05/06/22

GRESHAM, Ore. – Tomorrow, May 7, the City of Gresham will host the fourth annual Gresham Lilac Run presented by Unitus Community Credit Union. The event met the goal cap of 500 athletes for the 5k, 10k, and half marathon courses and will also host 100 Little Lilac kids for a 400-meter and 800-meter dash. Athletes will cruise along the beautiful Springwater Corridor, Saddle Butte, and Butler Creek Trail. This year we also have participants joining the fun virtually in Washington and as far as Kentucky! 

The City requests the Gresham community to drive with caution of pedestrians on Towle Rd. and Regner Rd. between 8:00 a.m. and noon on Saturday, May 7, 2022. 

Each year, all race proceeds go to a local non-profit beneficiary. This year, we are excited to announce that the Lilac Run participants raised over $20,000 dollars for Girls on the Run Portland Metro with their race fees and donations.

Girls on the Run Portland Metro is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates their limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue their dreams.

The City will open applications for recreation-based non-profits for the 2023 Gresham Lilac Run in June.

The Lilac Run is entirely sponsorship funded and without the generous support of many event sponsors, this event would not be possible. Shortly before even opening their Gresham branch, Unitus Community Credit Union wanted to make an impact in this community, and they stepped up as the presenting sponsor year one in 2019, again in 2020 and 2021, and then with unwavering support for our fourth year. 

Bronze sponsors, also participating for the fourth time, include Migration Brewing and Konell Construction & Demolition Corp., and Tailor Johnson with NextHome NW Realty. New bronze sponsors include Rob Hendrickson and Juana Mendoza with State Farm, Tatu Protein Water and County Coffee Hitched Up. Event partners include: Country Coffee Gresham, Marathon Printing, Inc., Eastwind Running & Endurance, and Bob’s Red Mill. 

The 2023 Gresham Lilac Run is already scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 22. Registration will open early fall.

For more information, please visit GreshamOregon.gov/The-Gresham-Lilac-Run.  

About Gresham:

Gresham is a welcoming community of hard-working people where tradition and heritage meet innovation and opportunity in Oregon's fourth largest city. Gresham’s residents care deeply about our roots as a homestead and agricultural community and are committed to building a vibrant future. Today, Gresham is a dynamic, innovative, and rapidly growing city with a desire to thrive. In Gresham, we are family. To learn more, visit www.GreshamOregon.gov or visit us on Twitter at @CityofGresham.

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