By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– A Chino Girl Scout who saved her friend from choking, a citizen who helped a deputy fight off an armed suspect in Loma Linda and a San Bernardino school principal who made sure the walk to school was safe for students were among 31 Safety Heroes honored Aug. 14 by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the District Attorney, the Sheriff’s Department and County Fire.
“We are thankful to have so many wonderful people here in San Bernardino County – people who make this a better place, from volunteers to those who in a moment of crisis step in to save others,” Supervisor Lovingood said. “They are all heroes and we owe them our thanks and admiration.”
Vision4Safetyis a campaign of the Countywide Vision to bring people together to create safer neighborhoods, schools and workplaces in San Bernardino County. Here are some of those honored as Vision4Safety Heroes:
Emma Bonin- Emma has spent 19 years volunteering her time at the Hesperia Police Station as a proud member of the Equestrians on Patrol program. Emma teaches the children how to recognize dangerous situations and helps them raise their awareness about strangers. Emma also educates children on how and when to use 911, the importance of looking both ways when crossing the street and stranger danger.
USMC Sergeant Maxim Krymov, Sergeant Kenneth Mullins, Lance Corporal Joseph Rasdal and Corporal Manuel Ruiz- After a full day of military duty at Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow these men drive to Apple Valley to instruct at-risk teenagers in physical training, military formation and marching in the SHOCK program. The majority of these students have a history of disrespect towards any type of authority to include their parents. These men volunteer numerous hours to the SHOCK program, serving as role models and positive influences in the lives of the many students who attend. Upon completion of the program the students’ behavior significantly improves at school and at home.
Colleen Kuhn– Colleen Kuhn has devoted her life to public safety. She started working as a paramedic for Valley Ambulance out of Victorville then later worked in the fire service in the 1980s for Barstow Fire District. She is currently retired from the Sheriff’s Department but loves to help her community and now serves on the Apple Valley Fire Board.
Thomas Pambianco– Thomas Pambianco volunteers as the Training Coordinator of the Sun City Apple Valley Emergency Planning Council. He revised the community’s Emergency Response Plan, relying on CERT and HAM radio operators to respond during an emergency. On a regular basis he provides community wide training for our residents as well as specific training for CERT members and HAM radio operators.
Michael Thielen- Michael Thielen is the administrator of the Facebook page Pain In the Pass. This group has over 60,000 members. Michael encourages safe commuting and advises people ahead of time and in real time of transportation-related safety hazards.