Originally Published: March 21, 2015 6:02 a.m.
The fifth annual Salute to Heroes kicked off in the parking lot of Sun Valley Tires Friday, March 20. Featuring the Bigfoot Monster Truck, a Firestone Indy Car, classic cars, tours of the Mobile Command Unit and an appearance by Mario Andretti, the event turned out quite a number of people and a portion of all the proceeds goes to USVets.
Jerry Carrier said he was on his way to the post office and was drawn in by Bigfoot. He had been looking around taking it all in and reminisced about the first Bigfoot truck.
"You may not remember the first one that was blue, it was a full sized pickup truck," he said. "You can actually crouch down and walk under the suspension of the first one. This one here, you can see they really lowered they really lowered the center of gravity. Interesting buildup on that one."
Others, like Jamie King, were there to meet Andretti. US Vets representative Marti Burgan also wanted to meet Andretti, joking that she wanted to ask if he knows her mother, because she drives like him.
Firestone not only had Andretti and the Indy racecar on display, but a video game where people could take a few laps around the racetrack.
The Mobile Command Center was also there offering tours.
Bob Jensen, in charge of the Mobile Command Center, said it's beneficial for people to know what goes on in the command center.
"Let's say there's a homicide in your neighborhood... if the command center is there, they know the command staff is right there," Jensen said. "They know what's going on, they can go to the command center to get any information they need."
Burgan said the turnout was great and voiced her hopes that attendees would know the importance of recognizing and giving back to those who have served the country.
Salute to Heroes continues Saturday March 21 with another showcase in the parking lot of the Prescott Valley Event Center from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a monster truck and BMX show at 6 p.m.
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