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News Release

May 18, 2004
CONTACT  LeAnn Coletta
Volunteer/Disaster Services

Volunteer of the year named

A volunteer firefighter has been selected the Volunteer of the Year for the City of Moreno Valley. Dominic Durden, who also serves as a member of the Emergency Response Force (ERF) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was chosen as the volunteer who best represents the ideals and commitment of volunteerism. Durden and several other volunteers, including those who have volunteered 500 hours and 1000 hours, were recognized at a ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2004.

Durden serves his community by covering volunteer fire equipment on a regular basis and responding to emergency incidents for those in need. His dedication of time and his overall demeanor exemplify the true meaning of a volunteer. Durden says the best thing about volunteering is the satisfaction that comes from helping others. But volunteering has also taught Durden something about himself. “I’ve broken out of my shell. You can ask anyone who knew me in middle school, early high school. I was real quiet, never really talked to people. Now I’m the one who’s presenting at meetings and readily there to talk to the public if they have any questions,” he said.

Durden, 22, assists in leading meetings, training, and staffing events that require the presence of the Emergency Response Force. Typical events are: providing first aid for the Relay for Life, providing first aid for the City’s Annual 4th of July Family Fun Fest, distributing disaster preparedness information at health and safety fairs, and providing rehabilitation for firefighters on incidents. The rehabilitation consists of providing water, Gatorade, food, shelter, heat in the wintertime, and cooling mist fans in the summertime.

Each year, Moreno Valley honors volunteers at an annual ceremony and picnic. This year, the ceremony took place at the TownGate Community Center.

Moreno Valley has a strong volunteer community, with more than 1,900 people participating annually. For more information about Moreno Valley’s volunteer programs and services, call 909.413.3800.