Ontario Policeman Chosen as 'ExtenZe Local Hero,' Will Take His Place as Honorary Crew Chief for NASCAR Race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana Program Celebrates Those Who Go to Great Lengths to Make a Difference in Their Hometowns Mike...
Ontario Policeman Chosen as 'ExtenZe Local Hero,' Will Take His Place as Honorary Crew Chief for NASCAR Race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana
Program Celebrates Those Who Go to Great Lengths to Make a Difference in Their Hometowns
Mike Gonzales, 2009 Ontario Police Officer of the Year, Honored for Helping 8-Year-Old Stabbing Victim
STATESVILLE, NC (February 17, 2010) - Because he went above and beyond the call of duty in rendering aid to a young stabbing victim, ExtenZe Racing will honor Ontario Police Officer Mike Gonzales as an "ExtenZe Local Hero" and give him the rare privilege of being a Honorary Crew Chief at next weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
The "ExtenZe Local Hero" program pays tribute to local heroes who have gone to great lengths to make a difference. Those people selected have faced danger, sacrificed their own safety for others or in some way displayed leadership that changed their community for the better. Each recipient receives a $1,000 award from ExtenZe, the world's best selling male enhancement product, in recognition of the individual's selflessness. Officer Gonzales has selected to donate his award to the Ontario Police Officer's Assoc. Widows and Orphans Fund.
"I am truly humbled by our ExtenZe Local Heroes," says Kevin Conway, driver of he No. 37 ExtenZe Ford and leading candidate for the NASCAR Raybestos Rookie of the Year. "They inspire me when I am out there racing to win. Each of these people has really put themselves on the line and I can do no less in their presence. It's really gratifying to be able to make them feel special and to see them cheering me on from atop the pit box."
Last year, while visiting a theme restaurant with her family, an 8-year-old girl was attacked and stabbed multiple times. Police subdued the attacker, but on the scene was Officer Gonzales who noticed the young victim showed signs of shock.
Gonzales knelt down and began rendering medical aid and care for the young victim, keeping her mind locked by asking about school, hobbies, and toys. When the ambulance came to transport, Gonzales refused to leave her side. He rode to the hospital with her and stayed until she was sedated. Next day, Gonzales went to a store and purchased items the young girl liked, and took toys to the hospital to check in on his young friend. The two have been close since, with Gonzales even stepping in to coach her soccer team.
Also paying tribute to the "ExtenZe Local Hero" program is ExtenZe national spokesman Jimmy Johnson, who led the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl in 1993 and 1994 and is currently a commentator on Fox NFL Sunday and the NFL Pre-game Show.
"There are men and women who have gone beyond and truly made a difference in their hometowns -- they have saved lives, put themselves in harm's way, pushed themselves to their limits and put it all on the line to help others," notes Johnson. "These ExtenZe Local Heroes are heroes in the best sense of the word and I support ExtenZe in honoring these inspirational individuals."
Gonzales will be presented with his recognition check on Sunday by Kevin Conway before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race, and will then join Crew Chief Peter Sospenzo on the pit box. They will lend support to Conway while he is piloting the royal blue and red No. 37 ExtenZe Ford.
-source: front row motorsports