2010 Volunteers in Police Service Award Winners Recognized
Each year, the Pasco Sheriff's Office (PSO) holds an annual Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Recognition Luncheon. The 2010 volunteers were recognized on April 14, 2011 at the Sparton Manor in New Port Richey.
Sheriff Bob White praised the volunteers for their efforts and the number of hours they've donated to Pasco County. "In 2010,the VIPS members logged an unprecedented 60,407 hours of community service," said White. "If we paid the volunteers the value of the work they do it would be worth more than $1.2 million."
(Retired, Sheriff, Bob White receiving award
A surprise guest kicked off the event when Cpl. David Rodriguez, a Pasco Sheriff's Office Deputy serving active duty with a Florida Army Reserve unit led the volunteers in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Rodriguez and his Army unit recently returned home after serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Rodriguez also present the volunteer unit with an American Flag flown raised during his tour.
(Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco accepting a U.S. Flag
The VIPS unit, made up of more than 395 active volunteers, increased the number of volunteer hours when compard to the previous year. In 2009, the VIPS unit worked 58,633 hours, a net Increase of 1,774 hours when compared to the 2010.
Sheriff Bob White created the volunteer unit inspired by President George W. Bush, who in 2002 challenged all Americans to make time to help their neighbors, communities and nation through volunteer service. It was that effort that led to the PSO Citizen Service Unit and, in 2004, the first class of volunteers hit the streets.
The Presidential Lifetime "Call to Service" Award is given to volunteers who have massed 4,000 or more hours of community service. It is also the highest award givenby the White House for volunteer service. Receiving the awards for hours worked in 2010 are: Roger Looker, Walter Dyndur, John Simmons, Gerald Levanthal, Carolyn Davis, Buster Davis, Marcia Shack and Bobbi Hauser.
Two volunteers were honored in the "1,000 Hour Club." Walter Dyndur, Roger Looker and Bob Engle logged one-thousand hours or more of community service in the calendar year, ending Deember 31, 2010.
Roger Looker & Walt Dyndur (center)
The Uniformed Operations Volunteer of the Year Award: Pat Rago
Major Brian Head (left), Pat Rago (center),
Roger Looker was honored with two awards. He receive the Field Training Officer Volunteer of the Year and also Community Service Award, Volunteer of the Year since he logged in 1,609 volunteer hours in 2010.
Roger Looker (center)
Support Services Volunteer of the Year: Kristina Perez
Kristina Perez (center with sponsors Nancy Blatner
Volunteer Corps: Volunteer of the Year: Rosemary and Sidney Sleeman
Rosemary & Sidney Sleeman (center)
For more information about becoming a volunteer with the Pasco Sheriff's Office, individuals can go to the following webpage and learn more and download an application: