Sept. 21 declared David Prasifka Day



County Judge Bob Hurley declared Sept. 21 as David Prasifka Day in Atascosa County. He presented Prasifka’s family with a commemorative plaque and JVFD presented them with Prasifka’s retired Jourdanton Volunteer Fire Chief helmet. Pictured, from left, are Prasifka’s wife Donna, his son Michael and daughter-in-law Ronni “Tutti” Prasifka. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

County Judge Bob Hurley declared Sept. 21 as David Prasifka Day in Atascosa County. He presented Prasifka’s family with a commemorative plaque and JVFD presented them with Prasifka’s retired Jourdanton Volunteer Fire Chief helmet. Pictured, from left, are Prasifka’s wife Donna, his son Michael and daughter-in-law Ronni “Tutti” Prasifka. REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The late David Prasifka was honored Monday morning during Commissioners Court with the reading of a proclamation by Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley declaring Sept. 21, 2020, as David Prasifka Day.

“It was a hoot working with David, I tell you,” said Judge Hurley to the friends and family of the late Emergency Management Coordinator. “It was never a dull moment working with David Prasifka. I do miss him, and he was a blessing to this county. If he was here today, and I always liked telling him nice things in front of other people, but he put his heart and soul into this COVID-19 thing. He worked hard every day.”

The proclamation read as follows:

“Whereas, David was a lifelong resident of Jourdanton, Atascosa County, Texas, and;

Whereas, David served as a volunteer firefighter with the Jourdanton Volunteer Fire Department for over 25 years retiring while serving as fire chief, and;

Whereas, David was the Atascosa County Emergency Management Coordinator from 2013 to 2020, and;

Jourdanton VFD Captains Jeff Rankin and Amy Balderas presented David Prasifka’s family with his retired Jourdanton VFD Fire Chief helmet. Pictured, from left, are JVFD Captain Rankin, Donna Prasifka (wife), Michael Prasifka (son), JVFD Captain Balderas and Ronni “Tutti” Prasifka (daughter-in-law). REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Jourdanton VFD Captains Jeff Rankin and Amy Balderas presented David Prasifka’s family with his retired Jourdanton VFD Fire Chief helmet. Pictured, from left, are JVFD Captain Rankin, Donna Prasifka (wife), Michael Prasifka (son), JVFD Captain Balderas and Ronni “Tutti” Prasifka (daughter-in-law). REBECCA PESQUEDA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Whereas, David also served as the County Emergency Management Coordinator during the COVID-19 pandemic until he passed on July 4, 2020, and;

Whereas, it is the privilege of the Atascosa County Commissioners Court, on behalf of the people of Atascosa County, to recognize David Pra- sifka for his contributions to secure the safety and health of our citizens;

Now, therefore, we, the Commissioners Court of Atascosa County, Texas, on behalf of the people of Atascosa County, hereby wish to honor David Prasifka and the contributions he made to our community by declaring today, the 21st of September 2020, as David Prasifka Day.”

After the reading of the proclamation, Prasifka’s radio call sign was retired over the Atascosa County Fire Department channel with a last call.

Jourdanton Volunteer Fire Department Captains Jeff Rankin and Amy Balderas also spoke in honor of the late Prasifka.

“We want to thank everyone for doing this for us and especially for the family,” said Rankin. “One thing about being a firefighter, you’re not just a firefighter. You become friends and family, and you get to know these people for many years, and they become part of your family. David was more than just a family member. He was a dad to most of us. He was always there for us and when we had questions, even though he was retired, he’d be there to help. David never forgot about us and we will never forget about him. It’s hard to lose a friend. We’re going to miss him.”

Judge Hurley further emphasized how Prasifka led the charge valiantly against COVID-19 for Atascosa County.

“We would meet every morning. From day one, we were very proactive with it and he was the one who did the work. We have diminished the effect of this terrible virus greatly in this county because of David. I miss him every day.”

Judge Hurley presented David Prasifka’s family with a commemorative plaque along with his retired JVFD Fire Chief helmet. Afterwards, the family was treated to a small reception after Commissioners Court in honor of David Prasifka.

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