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PHOTOS: Fire Department Honors CERT Volunteers

Group members are trained to respond to emergency situations.

The Newport Beach Fire Department honored members of the Community Emergency Response Team at an awards ceremony this weekend.

Matt Brisbois, the department's community preparedness coordinator, told Patch the CERT volunteers are essential to Newport Beach because they are all certified disaster service workers ready to respond when the need arises.

Award Winners:

Newport Beach Fire Department CERT Volunteer of the Year: Nancy Moran-Sanchez

Kevin Pryor Memorial CERT Instructor of the Year: Fire Engineer Alan Baker

 Newport Beach Fire Department CERT Neighborhood of the Year: Broadmoor Hills Home Owners Association, lead by Rita Berdelis and Christine Broaddus

Granville Home Owners Association, lead by Pamela Spears

Newport Beach Fire Department Spirit of CERT Award: Peter Grigonis

"I was shocked, stunned and had no idea. I was just thrilled," Sanchez said of winning Volunteer of the Year. "I love being in CERT so much. The things I do I don't view as anything extraordinary."

ace January 30, 2012 at 05:52 PM
the cert people can get the awards.., The HEROS have enough Do your job Heros

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