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Sheriff's Volunteers To Be Honored Saturday

Volunteers save Los Angeles County hundreds of thousands of dollars.


During National Volunteer Week, which is April 28 through May 3, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station will recognize and show appreciation for all the committed volunteers who devote their time throughout the year to making the Santa Clarita Valley a better, safer place to live.

In addition to our local recognition, this year Volunteer Ken Wiseman of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's Search and Rescue Team, who was nominated by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich as the 5th District representative, has been selected as the Volunteer of the Year.  Ken was honored and recognized at a luncheon on April 21 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Additionally, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station volunteers Michelle Kampenga, Frank DiGiovanni and Dave Silberman were honored for reaching 1,000 hours of volunteer service to the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.  They each personally received their 1,000 hour pins from Sheriff Leroy D. Baca on April 24 in a ceremony at Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau in Monterey Park.  Michelle and Frank are both very active members of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's Volunteers on Patrol Program and Dave is very active with the station's front desk and counter operations.

Other 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.

In local recognition of these individual achievements and as a demonstration of thanks and gratitude for the more than 180 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 will host a luncheon in their honor on May 3 at the Macaroni Grill. 

John Price, President of the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Booster Club; Anthony La Berge, Captain of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station; Natalie Salazar, Director of the Community Law Enforcement Partnership Program; and Cathy Stapleton, Assistant Director of the Community Law Enforcement Partnership Program will attend the event and recognize the volunteers’ countless accomplishments.

The group of 180 volunteers to be recognized at the event have dedicated more than 36,000 hours of volunteer service and saved the County of Los Angeles and the City of Santa Clarita more than $749,000 in 2007 alone. 

"These volunteers deserve our recognition and appreciation every day, but this week and this event offers us the opportunity to formally express our gratitude," said Captain La Berge.  He added, "All station personnel are encouraged to take a moment and give the volunteers a BIG 'Thank You' when they see them this week!"  "What is truly remarkable is that many of the volunteers have full time jobs, or have already completed entire careers in other fields."