Community service

Local volunteer honored for community service

December 15, 2021

Local volunteer honored for community service

By Jon King / [email protected]

A local volunteer and his team were honored for their efforts to assist first responders in Livingston County.

At Tuesday’s local emergency planning committee meeting, Livingston County Emergency Manager Therese Cremonte presented Bruce Pollock and the Community Emergency Response Team Program, or CERT, with the Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) Volunteer of the Year Award. According to MEMA’s website, the award recognizes “an individual who has demonstrated exemplary performance and achievement through dedication and initiatives that have positively impacted their emergency management efforts and / or capabilities. community through volunteer service ”.

Cremonte, who is also the outgoing president of MEMA, said the CERT team is always available for the various specialty events in Livingston County such as Fantasy of Lights and Christmas in the Ville, helping to provide relief support. which she called a “multiplier force” for first responders. Cremonte added that the Livingston CERT is one of the most active in the state with between 35 and 40 members and is always ready to lend a hand in short Cremonte said this was especially true earlier this year when COVID vaccines became available to the general public.

“People were knocking on the door and we had to find a way to train her and allow them to come in and be safe,” Cremonte said. “These guys, in the middle of winter, are showing up to help clean up this chaos so people can go in safely, get vaccinated, and then get out safely. The Department of Health was scrambling, everyone scrambling (and) these guys showed up, unpaid, in the worst weather conditions ever and gave their time and effort to get people in and out. vaccinate them safely and, again, became a force multiplier when we needed it. them the most.

In accepting the award, Pollock was joined by his wife Jan, a supporter of CERT, and Don Schmid, a member of CERT. Pollock said he appreciated the award, which he couldn’t have gotten without all of the volunteers who make up the local team. He then added: “If you didn’t trust us, you wouldn’t call us.”

Top photo – left to right – Don Schmid, Therese Cremonte, Bruce Pollock and Jan Pollock.

Bottom photo – MEMA Volunteer of the Year Award