Friday, April 15, 2011

CCSO Honors Community Volunteers

Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk, left, recognizes civilian volunteer Ken Robins at the annual CCSO volunteer luncheon Thursday.  Photos by Joseph Geoffroy/CCSO (2)  

More than 100 community volunteers were honored for their contributions to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at the 14th annual luncheon Thursday.

The luncheon at the Hilton Naples, 5111 U.S. 41 N., opened with a ceremony featuring the CCSO Honor Guard and Cpl. Sylee Gibson singing the National Anthem and closed with Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk presenting awards to the volunteers.

“It’s the time we take an opportunity to say thank you and to show our appreciation for our volunteers, and to call the public’s attention to all that they do to improve our community,” said Susan Vivonetto, CCSO volunteer coordinator.

April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration of volunteering in the United States.

At CCSO, volunteers assist deputies in a variety of ways, including staffing special events, helping with traffic control, providing research or support to investigators, performing data entry, and assisting with the agency’s many youth programs.

Volunteers also patrol neighborhoods in specially marked vehicles, and if something doesn’t look right, they pass that information along to the deputies. Others are licensed pilots and help the traffic unit nab speeders along Alligator Alley and assist in missing person searches.

Ten civilian and auxiliary volunteers received certificates and plaques Thursday for the time and effort they unselfishly gave to the agency and the community in 2010:

Civilian volunteers honored:
Kenneth Robins, 1,952 hours
Paige Long, 1,083 hours
Lawrence Keller, 817 hours
Dennis Vasey, 636 hours
Fred Klinkmann, 623 hours

Auxiliary volunteers honored:
Michael V. Jones, 2,196 hours
John Lambley, 1,481 hours
Michael Provost, 1,327.5 hours
Charles Montgomery, 1,239.5 hours
Scott Russell, 959 hours

CCSO has enhanced its volunteer program, offering citizens even more opportunities to get involved.

Specialized processing and background checks are necessary to become a volunteer.

For more information on becoming a CCSO volunteer, call 252-0530, or go to to download an application.

Sheriff  Rambosk presents a plaque to auxiliary volunteer Michael V. Jones on Thursday.