By Kaelyn Floyd
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors hosted the 36th Annual Volunteer of the Year Recognition and Awards Ceremony at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Grand Hall on Monday, April 23. In support of National Volunteer Month, this year’s theme is “Volunteer All-Stars Day.” Two volunteers from the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) were honored along with several other volunteers from the County: Emely Garcia and Dave Mills.
Emely Garcia, a graduate of the Explorer Academy and a Certified Explorer, was awarded for her dedicated service to Explorer Post 13. She has volunteered 1440 hours teaching Hands-Only CPR, feeding the homeless, and working with several cancer awareness groups. “Volunteering has allowed me to make a difference to people in my community. I love public service,” said Garcia. She dreams of becoming a firefighter one day.
Dave Mills has volunteered for the LACoFD Volunteer Photographer Program for the past nine years. He was awarded for his committed service as a talented photographer and a valuable member of the team. He has photographed numerous assignments from public relations events to wildfires. “I enjoy working with LACoFD because it provides me with an opportunity to give back to the community. Volunteering is a rewarding experience. Thank you,” said Mills.
The Department thanks Emely Garcia and Dave Mills for their service.