Fairfield tells volunteers, thank you

By From page A3 | April 10, 2014

10 Fairfield volunteers

Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, with Mike and Eleanor Pechner, and Karen Rees, volunteer services program coordinator for the city of Fairfield, at Wednesday's luncheon honoring 16 volunteers. The event was held downtown at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts. The Pechners were honored for 24 years of volunteering at Rockville Hills Park. (Ryan McCarthy/Daily Republic.)

FAIRFIELD — They help the Police, Fire and Community Resources departments, the Sister City Program and at Rockville Hills Park.

“Thank you very much for all that you do to make this the kind of community that attracts people from all over the world,” Fairfield Mayor Harry Price said at luncheon Wednesday at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts to honor 16 volunteers.

Mike and Eleanor Pechner were given a plaque for their 24 years volunteering at Rockville Hill Park.

Guillermo “Elmo” Caprio, a volunteer since 1994 at the Police Department, was honored for his 20 years of service.

The Cortright family, Arletta, Gene and their daughter Kelley Cortright, were thanked for their decade of service with Sister City Program.

Five years of service brought pins to Shealynn Gibbons and Sheila Webster, who volunteer at the Police Department. Otis Osborne and Victor Beard were honored for the same length of volunteer work at the Fire Department, while Mark Andrews’ volunteer work at the Community Resources Department represents more than five years.

A thousand hours of service won recognition for Anthony Kane, Donald Oldham, Walter Ramun and David Wiseman for their work at Paradise Valley Golf Course. Thomas Christ was honored for the same service at Rancho Solano Golf Course.

Mike Pechner, 67, said he’s seen some serious mountain biking accidents at Rockville Hills since he began volunteering more than two decades ago.

“Otherwise it’s pretty peaceful,” he said.

His favorite site at the 660-acre park is the Green Valley Overlook.

“It’s green,” Pechner said. “It’s gorgeous.”

His work at the park led his wife to suggest that he volunteers too much for the city and not enough around the house, Pechner said.

But Eleanor Pechner said her husband helps out at the house.

“He does wash the floor and throw out the garbage,” she said.

A total of 578 volunteers in Fairfield have contributed more than 37,760 hours in the past year.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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