Senior volunteers honored at California Highway Patrol Donner Pass Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility |

Senior volunteers honored at California Highway Patrol Donner Pass Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility

Officer Robert Nance
Special to the Sun
Officer Robert Nance/submitted to aedgett@sierrasuJerry Blakely, right, receives an award from Lt. Stallman for participation in the California Highway Patrol Senior Volunteer Program.

TRUCKEE and#8212; On Feb. 25, 2011, CHP Donner Pass Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility’s Senior Volunteer Program celebrated three years of successful operations. On this date, a barbecue was held to honor their service and to transfer the program to the Truckee CHP Area. In these challenging economic times, the Senior Volunteers have performed a variety of tasks assisting departmental personnel and have proven to be invaluable in supplementing existing public resources. In addition to assisting clerical, automotive, and law enforcement personnel in their everyday duties, Senior Volunteers are instrumental in the success of community outreach events such as the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive and Trucker’s Appreciation Day. During the last three years, their service to the local Truckee community, California Highway Patrol, and the State of California has proven to be immeasurable.

Recognizing their potential to perform a variety of public services, it was determined the program would reach its greatest potential being coordinated from the Truckee CHP Area, which is charged with overall responsibility for the surrounding area. In transferring the program to the Truckee Area, Donner Pass Commander, Lieutenant Allen Stallman, presented volunteers George Gabel, Richard Grundy, James Keller, Jim Stang, Manuel Ezquerro and Michael Shaheen with commendations for their dedication and service.

Additionally, three volunteers were singled out for extraordinary service. Senior Volunteers Jerry Blakely, Ray Greva and Patrick McDonough were all recognized with Commander’s Commendations for their efforts and the amount of time contributed. Officer Joshua McDonald was recognized with a Commander’s Commendation for his efforts to develop and coordinate the program, which now stands at nine volunteers.

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