Congratulations to our friend Jay Miralles for being honored as the First Responders Foundation’s “Volunteer of the Year” for his work with Guns & Hoses! Jay has played an integral role in the event for several years. Learn more about Jay in our Q&A!

What is your role at Guns & Hoses?
I am the Operations Commander. That entails coordination of lights, camera, action, boxers, and overall fan experience. Think of it as a conductor of the orchestra. There’s a lot of moving pieces and it requires timing and precision. I’m really passionate about making sure that the production value of the show is memorable. My job is to harness the energy of the community and make sure that the first responders feel it especially that night.

Why do you volunteer to participate year after year?
I participate year after year because it keeps me connected to the community and especially the mission. These first responders put their lives on the line every day. They impact other’s lives. The least I can do is show them how much we appreciate them at this event. I also have friends and family that are first responders. This event has helped me create new relationships and develop old friendships. As long as this event runs I want them to know they can count on me.

How do you feel about receiving this award?
I thought I was attending a board meeting, to meet a few people. I had absolutely no idea what they had in store. I was so surprised you should’ve seen the look on my face, I think my jaw hit the floor. Being awarded volunteer of the year for an organization of this magnitude can’t be put into a few words. I am forever grateful and humbled. I dedicate this award to all the people who make the show possible, especially the ones who work Behind the scenes. I’m one cog in the wheel, this is a team effort. This award means so much to me. Thank you to all of those of you who had a hand in the process to nominate me.

Thank you for all that you do to make this event a big success, Jay! We appreciate your hard work and dedication to first responders!