By Daniel Stefanski |
The Arizona-hosted Super Bowl may be complete, but one first responder from the City of Peoria has memories that will last a lifetime – thanks to the intentional action of a new mayor and his wife.
Jason Beck, the CEO of TYR Tactical, was sworn in as Peoria’s Mayor on January 3 after a strong campaign to win the general election in November 2022. Beck and his wife, Jane, have six sons.
According to a social media post from Mayor Beck, he and his wife purchased two tickets to the Super Bowl this year in Glendale; but instead of attending the Big Game, they made the decision to raffle off the tickets for City of Peoria employees. Beck said that this was “one of the coolest things (he) has gotten to do since taking office and it was a huge boost of morale and buzz.”
There were 661 Peoria employees who entered the raffle, and the winner, a fire fighter, was selected at random on the Thursday before the Super Bowl. Mayor Beck and his wife traveled to the fire station to present the surprised first responder with his tickets. Beck reflected, “Love seeing the joy in peoples hearts not just from the winner but his friends and co-workers.”
Mayor Beck revealed that the fire fighter was taking his dad as a guest to the Chiefs-Eagles contest. The Peoria Fire-Medical Department’s Instagram account posted, “Thank you, Mayor Beck, for your selflessness and generosity.”
Expect more goodwill and positive stories to be coming out of Peoria. Mayor Beck promised “we will be having lots of fun in the future as we continue to move Peoria forward and Realize Peoria’s Full Potential!”
A first responder may have been picked at random, but one of Beck’s central pillars to his campaign platform included commitments to Peoria’s Public Safety and First Responders. During the campaign, Beck committed to ensuring first responders have adequate resources, decreasing response times, building a public safety training facility, and ensuring first responders are fully staffed.
And it wasn’t just public safety that comprised the pillars of Beck’s campaign promises. Beck’s TYR Tactical is one of Peoria’s largest employers, and he used that experience to shape his economic development vision for Peoria’s future. He campaigned on the construction of a city owned airport “that will create thousands of jobs and billions in economic impact” for Peoria, as well as the “creation of culture that is not only Pro Business but moves at the speed and efficiency of business.”
Daniel Stefanski is a reporter for AZ Free News. You can send him news tips using this link.