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SCV Sheriff's Station volunteers recognized as part of 'National Volunteer Week'

Posted: April 28, 2009 4:51 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2009 5:38 p.m.
 
As part of "National Volunteer Week," April 19 through April 25, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station recognized all the committed volunteers who devoted their time throughout the year towards making the Santa Clarita Valley a better and safer place to live.

In recognition of local individual achievements and as a demonstration of thanks and gratitude for the more than 160 volunteers that devote so much time and effort to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station and the community throughout the year, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Booster Club hosted the annual luncheon event on Saturday, April 25 at the Stevenson Ranch Macaroni Grill restaurant.

John Price, President of the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Booster Club; Carl Deeley, Commander of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Field Operations Region 1; Anthony La Berge, Captain of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station; and David Perry, Field Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, 5th District, attended the event and recognized the volunteers' countless efforts and accomplishments.

Station volunteers include sheriff explorers, patrol reserves, posse members, search and rescue and station clerical staff, just to name a few. Some of the volunteers individually dedicated more than 600 hours of their own time throughout the year, many times performing the same functions as full-time paid personnel. These volunteers tirelessly and selflessly give their time, day in and day out, all year long to help the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.

The group of 161 Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station volunteers who were recognized at the event Saturday dedicated nearly 40,000 hours of volunteer service and saved the County of Los Angeles and the city of Santa Clarita more than $800,000 in 2008 alone.

Throughout Los Angeles County, 3,871 Sheriff's Department volunteers dedicated 429,378 hours saving Los Angeles County, the Sheriff's Department and taxpayers nearly 9 million dollars in 2008.

National Volunteer Recognition Week of April 19 through April 25 adopted the theme "Celebrating People in Action" for the 2009 recognition week as an apropos way to describe the true impact of what volunteer service can accomplish.

"These volunteers deserve our recognition and appreciation every day, but National Volunteer Recognition week gives us a formal way to express our gratitude," Captain La Berge said. "When you stop and look at the raw numbers and what these volunteers are doing for all of us, it is truly amazing! It's hard to find an adequate way to say 'thank you' to those who demonstrate sacrifice and dedication to our community and our station, day in and day out, without expecting anything in return. Many of the volunteers have full time jobs, or have already completed entire careers in other fields."

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