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Councilman Michael Nowakowski Leads Hermosillo Sinkhole Rescue and RecoveryCouncilman Michael Nowakowski Leads Hermosillo Sinkhole Rescue and Recovery<div class="ExternalClassBA4D36CFBA28434984161D23CA1E0AD4"><p><span style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">​<em><span style="font-size:12pt;color:black;">Humanitarian Efforts Underway for Phoenix Sister City Lacking Updated Infrastructure</span></em><br></span></p><p><img src="/district7site/MediaAssets/Sinkhole1.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:447px;height:224px;" /><br></p><p>This morning Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski, alongside Councilwoman Betty Guardado led a team of Phoenix Fire technical advisors to assist in the search for a man who went missing after falling into a sinkhole on Monday in the city of Hermosillo, Mexico.  <br></p><p>Due to Hermosillo lacking the technology needed for such a complex rescue, the U.S. Consulate General's Office and the city of Hermosillo Mayor, Celida Lopez Cardenas reached out to the Phoenix Sister City Commissioner Emilio Gaynor for help. Gaynor, the International Director of Chicanos Por La Causa, met with Councilman Nowakowski, who immediately responded and began to coordinate support efforts. <br></p><p>“As soon as I was made aware of the situation in Hermosillo, I knew Phoenix needed to step up and help our Sister City," said Councilman Nowakowski, Chair of the Public Safety and Justice Subcommittee. “I immediately reached out to Fire Chief Kalkbrenner and her team of experts to help our brothers and sisters in Hermosillo."<br></p><p>Phoenix has a long history with the city of Hermosillo, the first to become a Sister City of Phoenix. The Sister City relationship was established in 1975 and the formal agreement was signed in 1976. <br></p><p>“I pray we bring the family of the missing person some sort of resolution to this tragic event," Councilman Nowakowski added. “I thank all of the brave men and women who have responded with their hearts and stepped up to assist in these search and rescue efforts, including Cutter Aviation, who provided transportation to Hermosillo."<br></p><p>Councilman Nowakowski, Councilwoman Guardado and the Phoenix Fire team will return to Phoenix tonight. <br></p><p><img src="/district7site/MediaAssets/Sinkhole3.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:452px;height:226px;" /><br></p></div>10/18/2019 10:00:00 PMStephanie Bracken 602.495.5405