EPD Honors Volunteer
The Eureka Police Department (EPD) is committed to cultivating positive and supportive relationships with those we serve through improving relationships, greater community engagement, and collaboration. We value community partnerships and recognize that only by working together can we truly protect and enhance the future of Eureka.
In December 2015, EPD established a new award to specifically recognize the exemplary work of Eureka’s most dedicated citizen-volunteers. The Community Service and Volunteerism Award is intended for individual(s) who have most embodied the spirit of volunteerism and selfless service in our community over the past year. For example, a recipient of the award might have organized a successful project that involved a close partnership between EPD and the community to improve quality of life, reduce or prevent crime, or otherwise enhance the future of Eureka.
Yesterday afternoon, during a private ceremony at his Eureka residence, Gary L. Swanson became the first recipient of the Community Service and Volunteerism Award. This award was inspired by Gary who served honorably as a member of the Eureka Volunteer Patrol (EVP) for over 17 years (1998-2015). During this time, Gary volunteered over 6,200 hours in selfless service to the Eureka Police Department and his community.
EPD hopes this award will also inspire others to take action and follow in the footsteps of remarkable individuals like Gary.
Name of Award: “The Community Service & Volunteerism Award”
First Recipient: Gary L. Swanson (2015)
Description: “For exceptional volunteerism and contributions in service to our community.”
Background: This award was inspired by remarkable individuals like Gary L. Swanson who served honorably as a member of the Eureka Volunteer Patrol (EVP) for over 17 years (1998-2015). During this time, Gary volunteered over 6,200 hours in selfless service to the Eureka Police Department and his community.
Gary always has a smile on his face, a warm greeting, and a bowl of candy to share with others. His life exemplifies the spirit of extraordinary community service and volunteerism and is as an example to all.
Criteria & Eligibility:
- Selected by EPD Command Staff with input from all employees and the community
- Recipient may be a current EPD/EVP volunteer in good standing or other deserving individual, family or group in our community
- Award is issued for outstanding community service and volunteerism within the past year, or over the course of a lifetime, which embodies selfless service
- The service/contribution for which the recipient is being recognized must have substantially benefited EPD and/or the citizens of Eureka
- Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award
- The award is intended to be presented annually around December-January
Criteria which may be considered in selecting a recipient include the quantity and quality of the volunteer work performed, or the significance of their service/contribution to the Department and community.