by Tony Chai | Chief Editor | Asiaindallas.com
Titan Chair LLC and Dallas Korean Trade Association Donates 69 Massage Chairs to Police and Fire Departments
▲ Jeanne Smith of DKTA (left) and Michael Cha of Titan Chairs LLC (second from left) are presenting Dallas Fire and Rescue officials with massage chair donation certificate.
Titan Chair LLC, in partnership with the Dallas Korean Trade Association, donated 69 massage chairs to the Police and Fire Departments of Dallas and Addison.
‘Fire Fighter and Police Appreciation Night’ was held Wednesday, August 7th at the Coyote Ridge GC, hosted by the Titan Chair LLC and DKTA.
In attendance at the event were Titan Chair LLC president Michael Cha, president of DKTA Jeanne Smith, and the officials from the Dallas and Addison’s Police and Fire Departments.
Also in attendance were Sung Lae Hong, who is the Head of Mission with Consular Office of the Republic of Korea in Dallas, along with president of Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce H.K. Kim, Carrollton Mayor Pro-Tem Young Sung, Carrollton City Councilwoman Pat Cochran, and officials from various Korean-American organizations.
Dallas Fire and Rescue received the most massage chairs, with 58. Dallas Police Department received 8 chairs while 1 chair went to the Addison Police Department and 2 chairs went to the Addison Fire Department.
The massage chairs will be placed in the headquarters and substations of each department.The massage chairs are valued at $2,000 each, according to Jeane Smith.
Jeanne Smith is the one who initiated the donation effort by contacting Daniel Salazar, Assistant Chief of Dallas Fire and Rescue. Salazar is in charge of the department’s ‘Adopt a Station’ program.
“Jeanne approached us about the donation. And I shared it with the command staff and they were thrilled about it” said Salazar.
Michael Cha and Jeanne Smith expressed their gratitude for the first responders on behalf of their organizations and the Korean American community of North Texas.
“Fire fighters and police officers are called to action on a daily basis, not knowing what lies before them and putting themselves in danger. As a member of the Titan Chair LLC and the Korean American community, it is my privilege to donate these chairs to the city of Addison and Dallas. Hopefully these chairs will make your day slightly better. This community truly appreciates you. We thank you and your families” said Michael Cha.
“The police and firefighters sacrifice to protect our community every day, despite being short-handed and fiscally pinched. Let these chairs be a solace to put your hard work to ease. We hope to signal our lasting support for you and our community” said Jeanne Smith of DKTA.
The officials from the police and fire departments relayed their gratitude as well.
“Michael, you don’t know how much we appreciate the donation. It’s your thoughtfulness, your kindness, and your caring about first responders that mean so much to us. Also, the Dallas Korean Trade Association, you don’t know how much we appreciate this. That means the world to us. Our commitment to each and every one of you and this community and any community in Dallas, you have it. We are there for you day in and day out. On behalf of Chief Hall and the men and women of DPD, thank you so much” said Rick Watson, Deputy Chief of DPD.
“At the Dallas Fire and Rescue we deal with quite a tremendous call volume. It takes a lot of wear and tear on the body of the fire fighters. If they go back to their fire stations and find these massage chairs, I think it will help them with a little bit of physical therapy. We thank you on behalf of Chief Dominique Artis, who couldn’t make it here today. He extended his gratitude to the Dallas Korean Trade Association and Titan Chairs for this donation” said Salazar, Assistant Chief of Dallas Fire and Rescue.
In emphasizing the department’s ties to the Korean-American community and ethnic diversity, Salazar talked about William Ahn. Ahn is Korean-American paramedic with the Dallas Fire and Rescue, who was shot and almost lost his life while responding to a medical emergency call a couple of years ago.
“He will be working for us in the fire dispatch. We are glad that he is back. Even with these situations happening, our mission to serve the community is steadfast” said Salazar.
C.J. Alexander, Deputy Chief of Addison Fire Department, expressed his gratitude by saying “Thank you Titan Chair and the Dallas Korean Trade Association. It is greatly appreciated. This is something that the men and women at the fire station will really enjoy. It will help us recover from a long hard day.”
C.J. Alexander also echoed Jeanne Smith’s plea for dealing with immigrant communities’ cultural barriers.
“We are all immigrants to this land. To say ‘you are American’ is to say ‘you are immigrant’. It is important for all of us to work together and continue to work together and to continue to support each other. The Police and Fire are here for everybody” said Alexander.
The massage chair donation couldn’t have happened at a better timing for the Addison Police Department.
“We are grateful for what you have done. We recently provided a down room for the officers and shopped for a massage chair. Officers are going to utilize massage chairs for long nights. Thank you very much” said Black Potts, Lieutenant of the Addison Police Department.
▲ Rick Watson, Deputy Chief of DPD, is offering words of appreciation to Michael Cha of Titan Chairs LLC.
▲ Jeanne Smith of DKTA and Michael Cha of Titan Chairs LLC are presenting Black Potts, Lieutenant of the Addison Police Department, with donation certificate.
▲ Jeanne Smith of DKTA and Michael Cha of Titan Chairs LLC are presenting Addison Fire Department with donation certificate.
▲ Jeanne Smith of DKTA and Michael Cha of Titan Chairs LLC are Rick Watson, Deputy Chief of DPD, with donation certificate.
▲ Michael Cha of Titan Chairs LLC is addressing the attendees at the ‘‘Fire Fighter and Police Appreciation Night.’