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Renton Volunteer Receives Governor’s Service Award

April 24, 2009

For more information contact:

Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director 425-430-7027
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

LeeCummingsRENTON, WA: Lee Cummings from Renton was one of a select number of volunteers recognized by Governor Gregoire and the Washington Commission for National and Community Services (WCNCS) for her outstanding contributions as a volunteer. 
Lee was recognized for her strong commitment to community service. She has provided over 400 hours of service as a trainer for the local Community Emergency Response Team program and has served as the team leader for the Renton Emergency Communication Service (RECS) that specializes in amateur radio operations during a disaster or emergency.  She has also served as a volunteer for the King County Office of Emergency Management.

“The city is honored to have Lee Cummings as a part of our team,” says Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director. “Her dedication and compassion are continually demonstrated in her efforts, willingness and outstanding contributions.” 

Volunteers identified to receive this prestigious award were nominated and then selected through a process conducted by the Citizen Corps program.  Cummings’ deserving and prestigious recognition was formally presented at the 2009 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony on April 20, 2009, in Olympia. 

The Seattle Mariners, the Washington Commission for National and Community Service, 97.3 KIRO FM and 770 KTTH also provided an opportunity to recognize Cummings and other volunteers at their Salute to Volunteers event held on April 21, 2009, at Safeco Field.

Volunteers are critical to the success of many of the programs and services that the city provides.  To learn more about how you can volunteer to become a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member or a member of the Renton Emergency Communication Services (RECS), visit or call 425-430-7041.