Community Extra Applause: Housing Hope honors its volunteers

Housing Hope hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Event on Nov. 7 at the Everett Transit Center. The event honors all individuals who volunteer their time at the agency and focuses on those named as Volunteers of the Year.

Individuals and groups honored with Volunteer of the Year awards: Twyla Bryant; Communication Resources NW; Dianne Easley; Great Northwest Harley Owners Group Chapter 3169; Debbie Grimes; Angela Miller; and Erik Ronning.

Camano firefighters build ramp for veteran

Members of the Camano Island Professional Firefighters Association took time out this summer to help a local veteran with access issues in his home.

Benjamin Cleaver, a Camano Island resident, regularly called the fire department to help with access issues on his property. Firefighters regularly respond to people with disabilities who have difficulties entering and leaving their homes, maneuvering through their homes or require lift assistance. In an effort to help Cleaver, firefighters spent an off-duty weekend building a wheelchair ramp to his front door.

“Mr. Cleaver served our country, and it’s fitting that we can help him in some small way,” said Ryan White, president of the Camano Island Professional Firefighters Association.

Volunteer firefighter and trained carpenter Mike Boyle headed up a team that also included Will Webb, Regan Olson, Ryan White, Darrel Tedrow, and Robert Shelley.

In addition to Cleaver, the firefighters association this past year connected a person struggling with hoarding to support services, raised money for the local food bank and helped low-income teens in need of school clothing.

Goal surpassed for ChildHope event

An Evening at Emory’s for ChildHope was held Nov. 5 at Emory’s on Silver Lake to raise money for ChildHope, Housing Hope’s child development program that serves homeless and low-income children and families in Snohomish County. The event raised $35,295.03 for the endowment fund and new playground equipment for the childcare center, surpassing the goal by more than $9,000.

Housing Hope offered thanks to major sponsors: Emory’s on Silver Lake, Windermere Commercial NW and Windermere Property Management NW. Special thanks also went to: Bargreen Coffee, EC Wilson Meats, Charlie’s Produce, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Deschutes Brewery, Food Services of America, Genesis Constellation Brands, La Panzenella, Merlino Foods, O Wines, Pacific Seafood, Hibulb Cultural Center, Inn at Port Gardner, Port Gardner Bay Winery, Schenk Packing Co., and LithtexNW Printing Solutions.

Paramedics named to new position

Snohomish County Fire District 1 recently promoted four paramedics to serve as medical services officers: Chris East, Paul Easter, Capt. Gene Smith and Capt. John Magee.

Fire District 1 added the 24-hour medical services officer position to enhance patient care and expand support for first responders. The four paramedics will work rotating shifts to provide around-the-clock response for the more than 200,000 residents served by Fire District 1 in unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway.

Paramedic marks 20 years of service

Lake Stevens Fire recognized Paramedic Jim Gilden at a recent Recognition Ceremony this month where he received his 20-year Achievement Certificate.

“A 20-year career is a testament to the commitment of a department member to the community. It represents many hundreds of hours of training and on-the-job expertise, and (is) worthy of recognition,” Chief Dave Lingenfelter said.

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