I have written before about the role of volunteers to enable Sherwood to be a great city. We are fortunate to have a so many people in Sherwood generously giving of their time to groups that help make us a great community.
If you know someone who is a community volunteer, take time to thank them. We all instinctively know that we could never afford to pay our volunteers for their hours of service.
If you are one of the countless volunteers in our community, thank you for your service!
Two years ago I highlighted one of, if not the longest servicing group of volunteers in Sherwood, the volunteers of Sherwood Fire Station No. 33 of the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF and R).
TVF and R has repeatedly been recognized as one of the best fire departments in America and has outstanding highly trained full-time personnel. But their success is not possible without volunteers.
Sherwood Fire Station No. 33 has more than a dozen core and auxiliary volunteers serving our community today. On average each volunteer gives 40-plus hours per month plus they are always been on stand-by waiting for the next call. Core volunteers serve our community in emergency response, standby operations, water tender operations, rehab operations, and other firefighting related duties. Auxiliary volunteers work as a part of TVF and R's dedicated team of professionals and experience the rewards of involvement in the fire service and supporting Sherwood in a non-emergency response role.
I wanted to let everyone know that we have had some bitter-sweet news at station 33. A few weeks ago longtime volunteer Lieutenant Mike Jeans retired after 22 years with TVF and R.
Mike accepted an offer to join TVF and R in the Fleet Maintenance Department at the North Operating Center in Aloha. He will remain with the district as a full time employee, but had to retire with the new job. Mike will be missed as a volunteer with Sherwood Station 33. His vast amount of knowledge, expertise, and dedication will be difficult, if not impossible, to replace. Mike, like most volunteers in Sherwood, enjoy giving back to this wonderful city of ours and never ask for anything in return.
Mike, congratulations on your new position and thank you, your peers at Station 33 and your families for your service to Sherwood!
If you are interested in learning more about being a volunteer for TVF and R, stop by Sherwood Fire Station 33 on Oregon St., call: 503-649-8577, or go to www.tvfr.com.
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