Four La Cañada residents and two local organizations will receive Les Tupper awards at a ceremony in the von Karman Auditorium at Jet Propulsion Laboratory on May 9.
Each year people and organizations are nominated for the annual award, sponsored by the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council and selected from nominations made by community members.
The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, the Volunteers on Patrol Unit with the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station, La Cañada High student Kelly Gregg, and residents Nick Berkuta, Joel Smith and Joyce Ruygrok are each 2011 Les Tupper Award recipients.
The Volunteers on Patrol Unit is being recognized for helping make La Cañada a safer, better place to live. Last year, the group logged 2,493 volunteer hours while patrolling neighborhoods and residences, assisting patrol units with traffic control 51 times and making 931 patrol checks of shopping centers, homes and parking lots.
“We are the watchdog, a high-tech community watch dog for the department,” said Archie D’Arezzo, an eight-year member and one of three instructors with the unit. D’Arezzo will be accepting the award on behalf of the department at the awards ceremony. “We go around looking for any problems that are occurring or have occurred and we notify the station.”