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Volunteers Honored for Public Safety Involvement

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Louis Johnson, an amateur radio operator for 52 years, provides public communications support to the Fontana Police Department. Dr. Mannie L. Brodie Jr. , a Fontana pastor, volunteers for the Public Defenders Office, getting records expunged for minor infractions so paroled offenders can find jobs. Pastor Owusu Hodari of Fontana also donates his services to the Public Defenders Office to help people with low-level warrants get a second chance.

Johnson, Brodie and Hodari were among 18 volunteers recently honored by Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, for providing exemplary service to public safety agencies within the 62nd Assembly District. About 200 people attended Assemblymember Carter's third annual Public Safety Volunteers Recognition Ceremony on Oct. 28 at the Inland Regional Center Conference Center in San Bernardino.

"The honorees have given thousands of hours and their special talents and resources to public safety agencies," Assemblymember Carter said. "I want to make sure their sacrifice is recognized and appreciated."

Assemblymember Carter was joined in recognizing the volunteers by San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops; San Bernardino Chief of Police Robert Handy; San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig; Fontana Police Chief Rod Jones; Colton Police Chief Steve Ward; Rialto Police Captain William Farrar; Rialto Fire Battalion Chief Frank Bekker; California Highway Patrol Lieutenant Tel Preszler; and Public Defender Phyllis Morris.

Dr. Mannie L. Brodie Jr. , Founder and Pastor of Principles of Faith Christian Center in Fontana.

Brodie promotes public safety through rehabilitation. He donates his facility, staff and counseling services to the San Bernardino County Offices of the Public Defender for Expungement Clinics. He said that he believes the church should be a catalyst for helping people, who have completed probat ion, clear certain criminal records for the purpose of finding a job.

"Through Pastor Brodie's efforts, many have found jobs while continuing to maintain a crime free lifestyle," Public Defender Phyllis Morris said. Pastor Hodari, spiritual leader of Predestined in Christ Church in Fontana, was instrumental in expanding the Community Plea program in 2011 to the Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga courts.

"Pastor Hodari is more than a volunteer," Morris said. "Through Community Plea, we have established an effective partnership for assisting clients with resolving outstanding traffic tickets and low level misdemeanors."

Fontana Police Department volunteer Louis Johnson has been active with the department since 1993. A licensed amateur radio operator for 52 years, Johnson takes a leadership role with the department's Emergency Communications Services Group.

"You will always find Lou at a community event or fair promoting amateur radio and recruiting new members for the Fontana ECS group," said Fontana Chief of Police Rod Jones. "I am proud to honor him."

 The other honorees include: John Lapioli, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department; Jim Eason and Jon Montgomery, San Bernardino County Fire Department; Matt Ballinger and Cecilia Chavez, Fontana Police Department ; Richard Dewberry and Craig Scott, San Bernardino Police Department; Yurianna Nava and Joyce Roberts, Colton Police Department ; Greta Hodges and Linda Bourke, Rialto Police Department; Joe Martinez, Rialto Fire Department; Paul Dennert, California Highway Patrol; and Eugene Chavez and George Alaniz, Probation Department.

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