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Sacramento County Supervisors Honors Local Volunteer Heroes

In a ceremony during the Tuesday, Nov. 30 meeting of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisor, dozens of community volunteers were recognized during the Fourth Annual Heroes of Human Services Awards Recognition event.

The awards ceremony, organized by the Sacramento County Human Services Coordinating Council, recognized 10 honorees and 31 outstanding honorable mention candidates from the county’s five supervisoral districts who have collectively volunteered several thousands hours of service to the community.

Addressing a standing-room-only chamber filled with well-wishers, District 1 Supervisor Roger Dickerson praised the selfless work of all the honorees and expressed the county’s gratitude.

“This is a way we can appropriately elevate the services that you give throughout the year by letting the entire community know just how caring your are,” Dickerson said. “We deeply appreciate it in all times, but especially in these times.”

Among the 10 individuals recognized during the ceremony perhaps the most notable was 82-year old Ella Doyle. An 19-year volunteer with the Cordova Community Food Locker, Doyle is credited with tirelessly working five hours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday packing 18-pound bags of food.

Supervisor Don Nottoli, whose District 5 includes Rancho Cordova, noted not only Doyle’s length of service to the food locker, but also her personal warmth. “This lady is a hero because she has given so tremendously from her heart,” he said.

Nottoli added that not only has it been estimated that Doyle is responsible for packing up to 80 percent of 500,000 food bags that have been distributed by the food locker during her time there, but she has also initiated personalized packages homeless individuals and families with infants.

“She really wants to personalize her services as much has possible,” Nottoli said.

Upon receive her award, Nottoli asked Doyle if there was any advice she wanted to offer, to which she happily quipped, “It’s a good job.”

Others recognized during the ceremony included Dr. Luz Guerrero and Eric Rodriguez, District 1; Bob Crimmons and May O. Lee, District 2; Ed Longstreth and Edward McGadney, District 3; Chad Thompson, District 4; and Richard and Linda Gunn, District 5.

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