In a ceremony held at the Municipal Chamber of Juiz de Fora, Colonel Erlon Dias do Nascimento Botelho, the General Commander of the Military Fire Brigade of Minas Gerais (CBMMG), was bestowed with the honorary citizenship of Juiz de Fora.
This event, held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, recognized Colonel Erlon’s significant contributions to the state and its communities.
The honorary title, legislated through Law 14712/2023 authored by Councilor Vagner de Oliveira, was a tribute to Colonel Erlon’s expansive and inclusive efforts in extending the Fire Brigade’s reach across more municipalities in Minas Gerais.
Councilor Oliveira, during his speech, highlighted Colonel Erlon’s role in enhancing the operational and administrative efficiency of the Brigade.
His efforts in engaging the community in fire prevention and other disaster management activities were particularly emphasized.
The councilor described Colonel Erlon as a person dedicated to serving well, honored and courageous in his life-saving mission, and now a distinguished son of Juiz de Fora.
Expressing his joy and honor, Colonel Erlon remarked on the personal significance of this recognition.
He shared his deep familial connections to Juiz de Fora, with his direct ancestors originating from the area and his childhood and adolescence marked by significant moments spent in the city.
This honor, he stated, elevates not just his life and career, but also the entire Fire Brigade.
He extended his gratitude to all who played a role in making this momentous occasion possible.
The commendation of Colonel Erlon Dias do Nascimento Botelho with the title of Honorary Citizen of Juiz de Fora is a testament to his exemplary service and leadership.
This honor reflects the profound impact that dedicated individuals can have in the field of emergency services and community engagement.
Colonel Erlon’s approach, blending operational efficiency with community involvement, sets a benchmark for fire and safety services globally.
His personal connection to Juiz de Fora enriches this honor, making it not just a professional accolade but a heartfelt recognition of his lifelong commitment to service.
Such honors not only celebrate individual achievements but also highlight the crucial role of fire and safety services in safeguarding communities, underscoring the importance of leadership, innovation, and community engagement in this sector.