The House of Representatives unanimously approved during a session last week a measure to rename a fire station on Rota after a former mayor of the island.
Authored by Rep. Glenn Maratita (R-Rota), the House voted 18-0 to support House Bill 20-144, which renames the Rota Fire Station 8 as the Robert O. Hocog Fire Station, in honor of the former mayor’s 22 years of service to Rota.
Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services resident deputy commissioner for Rota Dennis C. Mendiola echoed DFEMS Commissioner Clyde Norita in supporting the name change.
According to Mendiola, Hocog’s expansive list of accomplishments include the growth of the department from four to 14 firefighters; his leadership role in procuring a fire truck; his selection as the CNMI’s first assistant fire chief; and his leadership role in the construction of Fire Station 8 on Rota in the 1990s.
“It shall be most fitting to have Station 8 be named after a fire chief whose dedication and commitment can inspire the next generation of firefighters,” said Mendiola.
H.B. 20-144 not only renames Fire Station 8 but also affixes the name “Robert O. Hocog Fire Station” on the main entrance of the facility.
H.B. 20-144 also calls for Atalig, in coordination with members of the DFEMS Rota and Hocog himself, to prepare a plan of dedication to be submitted within 60 days of the law’s enactment.