From left, CERT Director Michael Riley, coordinator Ron Mesic, coordinator Jo Ann Christian and Deputy Director Michael Rose II were recognized by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts in September. The volunteers, all with more than 7,000 hours of service, have received both the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the CERT Lifetime Achievement Award.

From left, CERT Director Michael Riley, coordinator Ron Mesic, coordinator Jo Ann Christian and Deputy Director Michael Rose II were recognized by Warren Mayor Jim Fouts in September. The volunteers, all with more than 7,000 hours of service, have received both the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the CERT Lifetime Achievement Award.

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CERT members celebrated for volunteer service

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 5, 2018

WARREN — Four members of Warren’s Community Emergency Response Team, each with more than 7,000 hours of volunteer service, were recognized locally and nationally last month.

Warren CERT Director Michael Riley, Deputy Director Michael Rose II, and coordinators Jo Ann Christian and Ron Mesic have now received both the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the CERT Lifetime Achievement Award.

CERT members are trained in a variety of fields, including first aid, CPR and defibrillator use, traffic control, and downed-wire safety. They are deployed to assist the city’s professional first responders in the event of an emergency, natural disaster or large-scale event.

The recognized team members met with Warren Mayor Jim Fouts Sept. 14, and Fouts stressed the importance of CERT’s role in assisting Warren’s police and Fire departments. The mayor mentioned the team’s work after the historic 2014 flood.

“It was the CERT team, specifically you and others, who helped make this city whole,” Fouts said. “We were underwater. We had a disastrous situation throughout. We owe a debt of gratitude to all of you, and the CERT team in general, for being there when we needed you.”

The mayor added that the team members are among the city’s most important volunteers.

“Thank you very much for recognizing us,” Riley said. “We appreciate it.”

Rose later said the team, comprised of more than 40 members, collectively puts in between 5,000 and 5,500 hours of service a year.

“We’re just able to come in and supplement manpower and equipment, making sure they can keep manpower and equipment in service doing things they need to do, things we’re not capable of doing,” Rose said. “It’s all 100 percent unpaid volunteer work. I guess you could say we’re paid through the training we get. We have a great working relationship with the city’s Fire and Police departments.”

Rose said Warren’s CERT is always looking for new members. Applications are available at www.warrencert.org.