Verizon Frontline connects first responders battling wildfires nationwide


  • The Verizon Frontline Response Team has deployed nearly 1,000 Verizon Frontline solutions to wildland firefighters in 18 states this year alone.

  • Nearly 70 communities and 39 public safety agencies have received Verizon Frontline support during 2022 wildfire response efforts.

With more than 60 wildfires actively burning in more than a dozen states, the Verizon Frontline Response Team continues to deploy mission-critical communications technology in support of public safety agencies and the nearly 10,000 wildland firefighters currently on the front lines.

This year alone, the Verizon Frontline Response Team has deployed nearly 1,000 Verizon Frontline solutions to first responders in 18 states including Alaska, North Carolina, Florida, California, Texas and New Mexico.

Verizon Frontline technology has been delivered to multiple interagency command posts and 39 public safety agencies operating in nearly 70 communities. This technology provides mission-critical voice and data service to incident managers and firefighters operating in remote areas and helps coordinate fire mitigation efforts. The Verizon Frontline solutions provided by the Verizon Frontline Response Team have included Satellite Picocells on Trailers (SPOTs), routers, network extenders, mobile hotspots, smartphones and more.

“First responders are now battling wildfires year-round and we remain committed to delivering the reliable and secure communications technology they need to achieve their mission wherever and whenever they need it,” said Cory Davis, Director of Public Safety Operations for Verizon Frontline. “The Verizon Frontline Response Team stands ready to support wildland firefighters across the country as they work tirelessly to protect our communities.”

The Verizon Frontline Response Team has supported federal, state and local agencies at 49 named wildfires this year including Arizona’s Tunnel Fire, New Mexico’s Hermits Peak Fire, Colorado’s Marshall Fire and the Washburn Fire in Yosemite National Park.

This support is provided at no cost to the supported agencies and represents a continuation of Verizon Frontline’s commitment to investing and innovating in partnership with public safety and government.

Verizon Frontline is the advanced network and technology built for first responders – developed over nearly three decades of partnership with public safety officials and agencies on the front lines – to meet their unique and evolving needs.

First Frontline to Front Row Hero Ticket Recipients Named is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that opened in April 2022. The mission of is to fund and deliver Front Row Seat Tickets to Frontline workers (Former and Current Members of the Armed Forces, Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, Nurses, Doctors, EMTs and First Responders) for Sporting Events, Concerts, Plays, and other live performances. Their goal is, that as many heroes as possible are able spend some time away from their work and enjoy live performances in the best seats possible.

The company announced on May 16 that it had awarded its first pair of Front Row Tickets.

The First ever ticket recipients, Chris and Vicky Ray happen be married front line workers. Both are now “Front Row Heroes.”

Chris Ray is a Marine Corps combat veteran having served in the Panama Invasion and also in Desert Storm. He also served as a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard. Currently, Chris is the Captain with the Inspection Services Branch for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

On May 24, 2022, the Rays sat proudly in their Front Row Center seats at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, while Opry Stars Craig Morgan (a Veteran of the US Army), Cam, War and Treaty, Riders in the Sky, Jake Hoot, and Daily & Vincent performed during the annual Opry “Salute the Troops” Concert.

The Rays reside in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

“From the very beginning, we wanted to be able to recognize those frontline workers that do so much and ask for nothing in return,” said Dale Prax, Co-Founder and Executive Director of “Chris and Vicky Ray embody the traits and characteristics of what the founders of envisioned when they started the project,” Prax added.

Vicky is a Registered Nurse and has been serving the community as such for nearly 20 years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

In addition to their regular jobs as Frontline Workers, the contributions to the community don’t stop there with the Rays.

Recently, when Chris’ cousin Tim Risner, (a long-time resident of Giles County and former Giles County Commissioner), was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), (a cancer of the blood that causes the cells in the bone marrow to be abnormal), Chris and Vicky did what heroes do, they went into action.

Knowing that the medical costs for chemotherapy and frequent blood transfusions, the cost of transportation, and missed work for both Tim and his wife Wanda would be exorbitant, they went on a mission to help. After all that’s what heroes do.

In a very short period of time, working long hours (after working long hours at their regular exhausting jobs), the Rays were instrumental in organizing the “Benefit for Tim” event at the Hillcrest Country Club in Pulaski, TN.

A golf tournament, Live auction, silent auction, and a steak dinner were all part of the Fundraiser. Each of these events in and of themselves are a full-time job. To pull it all together in the way they did is nothing short of extraordinary.

The Event raised nearly $35,000 in donations for the Risner Family.

The Ray’s support of, and dedication to Country, Family and Faith along with their numerous contributions to the community provide superb examples for all to emulate.

The desire to do good, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty for all mankind reflect great credit on themselves and are in keeping with the mission of

“We are very proud to present the very first Front Row Tickets to the Rays,” said Prax. “Never did I imagine that our inaugural presentation would be to a Hero Couple – We are deeply moved by this couple, all they have done and what they stand for.”


Based in Harriman, Tennessee, was founded to show the nation’s Past and Present Frontline Workers. is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization per United States IRS Code (26 U.S.C. para 501(c)(3). Contributions are Tax Deductible under section 170 of the Code.

To contribute to the cause, please visit their website to donate or become a sponsor. is sponsored by Direct Expedite, LLC of Lawrenceburg, TN and The Expedited Technology and Innovation Group (EFTIG) of Harriman, TN.

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Frontline workers to be celebrated during Shawnee Riverfest X benefit Concert

As communities start to gather for the first time in over a year, The Shawnee Riverfest Concert is set to recognize and celebrate our frontline workers. Over 12 International, National, and Local acts unite to support the Pocono Mountains United Way

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa.May 25, 2021PRLog — East Stroudsburg, PA – As communities start to gather again, the need for togetherness and fun will bring many individuals out this summer. One much anticipated annual event in the Poconos, Shawnee Riverfest, will once again bring many out to enjoy good music, food, friends and this year will also honor frontline workers who helped us through an unprecedented year.

The 10th Annual Shawnee Riverfest Free Concert will take place Sunday, July 11, 2021 at the historic Shawnee Inn, along the banks of the Delaware River. The 8-hour free concert will bring in over 10 International, national and local acts to unite and support Pocono Mountains United Way’s mission in supporting our community.  This event will practice social distancing and masks are encouraged.

The day will include a moment of silence for those we lost due to COVID in our community, presented by State Representative Rosemary Brown, as well as a special award presentation to a community frontline worker whose work and efforts has been recognized during this past year.

“This year will be unlike any other as we celebrate these frontline workers. It is because of their efforts and commitment that we are now looking toward the light at the end of the tunnel, and we want to take a day and celebrate all their hard work and efforts, while remembering those we lost,” event organizer Gil Coronado said.

The cast of Beautiful Day/Un Dia Bonito Show, host Dorimar Bonilla and co-hosts Alexa Sanchez and Monique Lynch Cosme, will serve as emcees for this year’s event. Some of the confirmed acts this year are national touring act Wild Planes, NY artist Nik Hartfield, Harley, Fusia Dance Center, Stephanie Campbell, Elizabeth Gillen, DJ Queue, and the Shawnee Playhouse cast of Frozen, Jr. ..with more acts being announced! An outdoor photo booth will be available by Rockin’ Photobooth for families to capture their special moments at Shawnee Riverfest. Also, a highly energetic Zumba 2 Riverfest session led by Sandra Rivera and Alan Divo Emmons kicks off the concert. Food vendors will be on hand to keep our attendee’s appetites satisfied and thirst quenched. There will also be a silent auction at the event, where attendees can bid on a variety of items.  Sponsors of Shawnee Riverfest include Pocono 96.7, CILA LLC Management, Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Sonia’s Sweet Inspirations, Rockin’ Photobooth and DJ Queue.

Shawnee Riverfest X will once again benefit Pocono Mountains United Way.

“We are thankful to Gil, CILA Management and the amazing event sponsors for their dedication to helping the United Way and our community and we are especially grateful to the frontline workers who have helped us get through such a challenging year,” Pocono Mountains United Way President/CEO Michael Tukeva said.

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Who: General Public and Press

What: Shawnee Riverfest X Concert

Where: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

100 Shawnee Drive, Shawnee on Delaware, PA

When: Sunday July 11
th, 2021 11:30 am- 7:30 pm

Admission:  Concert FREE Zumba $10 donation includes Riverfest T-shirt

Contact: Gil Coronado for press, media inquiries

To Support, Sponsor, Vendor call 201-753-0093