The Mesquite Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) gathered on Dec. 3 to celebrate the holiday season with a potluck dinner at Fire Station 3, 3 John Deere Dr. Also in attendance were Mayor Al Litman and Councilman Rich Green, two of the group’s top supporters in the City. Since the reorganization of CERT and inducting its new leader, Mike Benham, the team has reached 20 members, with more set to start in the near future. CERT’s focus is to educate the community as well as assist in emergency situations in ways that will allow emergency personnel to be on the front lines. The CERT team also helps the community every month with Smoke Detector battery changes on the First Tuesday of each month. All changes are by appointment only by calling Lindy Hulet at 702-346-2690 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.