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Citizen Corps honors its volunteers

  • Written by Gene Laughlin

 “We had a great time last Wednesday night at the Sno-Valley Senior Center,” said Vanessa Pegueros of Duvall, annual dinner organizer for Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council. “Fifty-five of us turned out for a good meal, good company, and a good review of Citizen Corps results.”

The Citizen Corps dinner was joined by King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert who sponsored the initial organizing of the corps in 2002.

Also in attendance were Carnation City Manager Candice Bock, and Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich and Captain Tom Needham.

Program highlights were delivered by Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Lead Tom Redmond of Duvall, Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator Gene Laughlin of Duvall, Fire Corps Lead Jeff Madden of Carnation, and Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club President Rowland Brasch of Lake Joy.

Citizen Corps President Kathy Brasch of Lake Joy commended Pegueros and the programs leads for the successful dinner and program reviews which received enthusiastic receptions from the dinner attendees. 

Brasch said, “Making the community stronger, safer and better prepared is what Citizen Corps is all about and we all are doing a good job.”

Brasch added, “Interested residents and employees of local businesses should consider getting CERT training. We have trained over 300 local residents and business employees in CERT skills which include putting out small fires, searching for and rescuing disaster victims and giving emergency first aid to the injured.”

Volunteering with Citizen Corps is fun, educational and worthwhile. For more information, call 425-788-8260 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

“Visit our Web site and register for CERT.” said Pegueros. “And next year, join us in celebrating an even more successful year.”

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