In town to promote his new movie, Erik Estrada joined Miami-Dade firefighters at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School's summer camp to share a fire safety message. Campers and counselors were treated to a special presentation and tour of the fire truck. The ceremony concluded with Estrada being named an honorary Miami-Dade firefighter.
"This was very cool. The firefighters were awesome," said camper Brandon. Estrada took time to try on full fire-fighting gear and spent time taking photos with each of the students, counselors and firefighters. Firefighters then presented Estrada, who currently serves as a reserve police officer, with the distinction of being named an honorary Miami-Dade firefighter.
Erik Estrada pays tribute to his role in late '70s television series CHiPs in the newest Disney film, Planes: Fire and Rescue. His character Nick "Loopin" Lopez stars in a popular television series aptly named "CHoPs. The film picks up on the story of Dusty, the famous crop duster, after he finds out he has a career-ending defect in his gear box.
Dusty turns to firefighting as a way to solve a problem and start over but soon realizes that second chances aren't easy. Although it follows a similar plot, fans of the first Planes film will enjoy this second installment in the series. Children and adults alike will be thrilled by the flying sequences which make it a must-see in 3-D. Planes: Fire and Rescue opens in theaters on July 18th.