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City Volunteer to Receive Governor’s Service Award

April 22, 2013

For more information contact:

Deborah Needham,
Emergency Management Director, 425-430-7027
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 425-430-6569

Renton Resident Recognized for Outstanding Contributions as a Volunteer

Raymond Kusumi RENTON: Renton volunteer Raymond Kusumi is one of a select number of volunteers from across the state being recognized by Governor Inslee and the Washington Commission for National and Community Services (WCNCS) for his outstanding contributions as a volunteer. He is being recognized for his leadership of Renton Emergency Communication Service (RECS) where he serves as team leader. RECS provides communications support to the city when normal communications methods are disrupted and also maintains the city’s Neighborhood Information Centers at schools.

“The city is fortunate to have a volunteer like Ray,” says Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director. “He provides excellent leadership and dedication to the volunteer groups that he serves.”

Under Kusumi’s leadership in 2012, RECS developed portable communications stations and converted a donated aid car into a mobile communications unit. In addition to his work with RECS, he was instrumental in getting a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program started at Hazen High School last year.

He will receive his award at the 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony held at the Executive Mansion in Olympia on April 25, 2013. In addition he will be recognized by the Seattle Mariners and local radio stations at their Salute to Volunteers event held on April 25, at Safeco Field.

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