Reserve Deputy Sheriffs Receive Volunteer Service Awards

Four Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office volunteers were among the 152 individuals and groups honored on April 14 at the 19th Annual Volunteer Service Awards ceremony presented by Volunteer Fairfax.

Reserve Deputy Sheriffs Dick Raines, Stella Norma, Arnold Rudakewych and Hilda Alvarez volunteered last year for a combined 2,621 hours.

Raines, who gave the Sheriff’s Office 1,350 hours in 2010, volunteers his time with the Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit, assisting with the review of all emergency procedures and plans. Since his appointment in 2003, Raines has volunteered almost 10,000 hours.

The Reserve Deputy Unit offers carefully screened volunteers the opportunity to serve the community in uniform.  Over the past year, reserve deputies provided security and assistance for National Night Out, the Herndon Festival, Celebrate Fairfax, and several child safety seat and fingerprinting events.

Volunteer Fairfax has proudly served the Fairfax County community for 36 years, working with more than 900 agencies and, through volunteers, contributing more than $1 million in volunteer time to area non-profit organizations.

The Sheriff’s Office has a variety of volunteer opportunities available, working with inmates or assisting sheriff’s deputies.