Friday, June 12, 2015

Congratulations to Our Award-Winning CERT Volunteers!

[Editor's Note: Happy Friday, CERTs! Here's the text of an email sent by Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department Volunteer Liaison Jeffrey Katz]

America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a nation.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award program is a great way to thank and honor those who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service during a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

Awards are given to individuals 16 and older who have completed 100 or more hours in a calendar year.

Based on the data in VMS (Volunteer Management System), the following CERT volunteers have achieved this milestone for 2014, by either taking CERT classes and/or volunteering in other capacities for the CERT program:

Gary Nisker402 hours
James Sobecke317 hours
Susan Ledgerwood303 hours
Jack Ledgerwood267 hours
Anita Van der Merwe267 hours
Missy Tuttle-Ferrio266 hours
Brendan O'Neill229 hours
Jonathan Kiell222 hours
Donna Hosek184 hours
James McPheeters170 hours
Edgar Rodriguez166 hours
Char Silberstein150 hours
Ginny Katona144 hours
Carlos Santiso140 hours
Lani Young127 hours
Joseph Loong125 hours
Steve Eng124 hours
Timothy Hosek108 hours
Kathleen Jones107 hours
Mary Moon107 hours
The individuals listed above will be receiving their pins and official letter in July.

Congratulations to all!

For more information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award, please visit

Thank you,

Jeffrey F. Katz
Volunteer Liaison
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

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