Congressman DeSaulnier comments on passing of Army General Dan Helix

Dan Helix served on Concord’s City Council from 1968 – 1976 and was re-elected in 2012.

Walnut Creek, CA (March 10, 2019)Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) has issued a statement on the passing of retired U.S. Army Major General and former Concord City Councilman and Mayor Dan Helix.

“Dan Helix dedicated his life to serving his country and his community. As a member of the United States Army and in his role as a councilmember and mayor of Concord, putting others first was Dan’s passion,” Congressman DeSaulnier said. “The impact he made on the city of Concord continues to be felt today and will serve the city’s residents for years to come. Our thoughts are with Major General Helix’s family as we celebrate and remember his legacy of service.”

A Korean War veteran, Helix earned the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with “V” Device, and Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster among other commendations during a distinguished 41-year career spent both in active duty and with the Army Reserve. He is also a member of the U.S. Army’s Infantry Hall of Fame. First elected to the Concord City Council in 1968, Helix served for eight years. Later he became a director of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District. He returned to the Council in 2010 as an appointee and won election to a final term in 2012.

In addition, Helix served as president of both the Concord Rotary Club and the former Mt. Diablo Hospital Foundation, Concord campus, as well as a member of a U.S. Congressional commission that evaluated potential changes in the Department of the Army.

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