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Retirees donate 75,000 hours valued at $1.7 million to FPD

Retirees donate 75,000 hours valued at $1.7 million to FPD

Members of the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol have donated more than 75,000 hours equating to more than $1.7 million volunteer dollars to the police department since 2000.

Two volunteers who have clocked the most hours are Ellie Grainger and Myron Roberts, both 82.

“I enjoy helping other people and that is one way I can do it,” said Grainger, who started volunteering in October of 1995 and has given about 4,000 hours of service. “We do vacation checks, help with traffic. Whatever we can do to free up the officers for what they need to do.”

It’s not her first brush with law enforcement. Right after high school, she was hired on to be a secretary for the FBI in Washington D.C. She had to quit that job and move to Fullerton nearly 50 years ago when her husband got a job transfer. She lived in Fullerton for 38 years, raising two kids, but moved to Yorba Linda in 2002 after her husband passed away.

Roberts, a longtime Fullerton resident who also raised his family here, also had an interest in law enforcement. After a stint in the military during the Korean War, Roberts said he signed up for the OC Sheriff’s Academy with the hopes of becoming a deputy. But his wife didn’t want him to pursue that career path.

It was after attending a meeting at the local American Legion post that he heard about the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, and he joined in 1998.

“Well it’s been a good experience,” said Roberts who used to put in 14 hours a week but cut down now that he’s in his 80s. He’s clocked more than 7,000 hours of service. “There have been several times when we really felt we helped the public out.”.

“The RSVP program and its volunteers are an integral part of the Fullerton Police Department,” said FPD Sgt. Kathryn Hamel “They give of themselves to their community and we are truly grateful for their service. The duties shared by the RSVPs allow officers to focus on calls for service, investigations, etc.”

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