The Bellevue Police Department held its 16th annual volunteer appreciation luncheon at Meydenbauer Center on Thursday, October 21st.
This event celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of citizens who volunteer their time week after week, year after year performing a wide range of support assignments throughout the Police Department. There are currently 46 volunteers with the program who have worked nearly 6,700 hours already in 2010. The following volunteers received service awards:
Pat Reams (1 year), David VanMoorhem (2 years), Don Riggs (2 years), Marilyn Campbell (3 years), Jeffrey Moser (3 Years), Harry Masters (4 years), Bill Donovan (5 years), Betsy Gruber (5 years), Ann Mattiello (5 years), Fred Cacchione (6 years), Bill Swanson (7 years), Jim Swanson (8 years), Shams Shamsuddin (11 years), Gerry Katt (15 years),Susan Allen (16 years), Bob Herschkowitz (16 years), Dean Snyder (16 years), Marilyn Campbell (1000 hours), Tony Chace (1000 hours), and Judi Miller (1000 hours).
Since the program began in 1994, police volunteers have worked more than 150,000 hours which equates to over $3.1 million dollars in labor. Their service enables officers to focus on primary law enforcement duties and allows the Department to maintain services that it otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to provide. In addition, the program gives citizens a meaningful way to get directly involved in their community and learn first-hand what a law enforcement agency deals with day-to-day.
These volunteers have earned the respect and appreciation not only of the Police Department, City leaders and citizens, but also of the business community. Businesses participate in this luncheon event by donating gift certificates that are given as door prizes. This year’s donors included: The Bellevue Collection; Target; Wells Medina Nursery; Palomino Restaurant and Chef John Howie for his SeaStar and John Howie Steak restaurants in Bellevue.
One special surprise donation came after Marji Trachtman, the Police Department’s Volunteer Coordinator, contacted a local Bed & Breakfast asking if they might donate one night’s stay for the event. The response from owner, Deanna Morauski, was remarkable. Morauski stated that donating a night’s stay for one volunteer wasn’t enough. Instead she wanted to give a night’s stay to each volunteer because, as she put it, “If only one person wins, then all the others go away disappointed and that’s not right. They all deserve a reward for the wonderful work they do.”
Also in attendance at the luncheon were: City Council Member Claudia Balducci, Deputy City Manager Brad Miyake, Police Chief Linda Pillo and several of her command staff. Pillo stated, "I want to thank all volunteers for their service to the police department and community: and to the businesses for their generous support to our volunteers."
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