Highland celebrated the people who worked many thousands of hours in serving the city in its 25th annual Volunteer Recognition dinner.
Highland’s former police chief, Sam Fisk — recently promoted to deputy chief in charge of corrections San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department — introduced his successor, Capt. Jon Billings. Fisk recounted the many thousands of hours contributed by his deputies and Citizens on Patrol (COPs).
Remarks by members of the City Council Penny Lilburn and John Timmer expressed their appreciation for all the volunteers' work
Mayor Larry McCallon thanked the sponsors of the event, Burrtec Waste Industries, Cemex, Hernandez, Kroone & Associates and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians who led the way as platinum givers.
Gold standard was reached by Cleanstreet, Robertson’s, John and Carol Timmer and Treh Partners.
Silver: A&G Towing, Ballard Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing, CASC Engineering & Consulting Inc., Richards, Watson & Gershon and Transition Properties.
On the Bronze level were Joey Atencio and Anaeli Solano-Atenccio.
The generous and influential San Manuel Band of Mission Indians received a most hearty applause from the assembled guests.
The volunteer recognitions brought rounds of applause as each recipient was called forward to receive beautifully printed certificates and the gift of a mobile power bank charger for cell phones.
Special recognition was given to COP volunteer Mary Abbott for 25 years of service and Sarah Rundquist for 15 years service. Rundquist was also recognized as COP of the Year.
The Joe Crump Volunteer of the Year award was given to Ryan Slanina of the police department reserves.
ElmaMae Henderson is a longtime contributor to the Highland Community News.