Loomis volunteers honored by sheriff's office

By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Volunteers with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office received recognition for their many hours of public service during a luncheon held July 28 at the Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall. Certificates and awards were presented through the Presidential Volunteer Service Award Program. Longtime volunteers Mack Tsujimoto and Howard Stoltz, both of Loomis, also received a letter from President Obama to go with their Lifetime Service Awards, earned for volunteering more than 4,000 hours. According to Deputy Victoria Skellenger, Tsujimoto has over 7,000 lifetime recorded volunteer hours, Stoltz has 4,300 recorded hours, and John Borg, who unable to attend the reception, has approximately 4,400 hours. Skellenger said there are currently 67 active volunteers, who in 2009 served almost 7,400 hours in administrative duties, patrol functions, community outreach events, and providing staffing at service centers and staffing. Larry Coyle, a retired Hewlett Packard employee, said he wanted to be more active, get out of the house, and “give back to the community. Now, as a sheriff’s volunteer, he is doing just that by patrolling throughout the county. Sheriff Ed Bonner is impressed by, and grateful for, the number of hours put in by volunteers. “They really enhance our ability to deliver public safety,” Bonner said.