Paul has now joined a group called Life Rolls On. This is an amazing organization that gives paraplegics the chance to surf in the ocean like they once could. This group was started by a man who used to be a surfer and then became a paraplegic himself. After sometime he realized that he wanted to get back out into the water. With the help of a few of his friends he was able to enjoy surfing and being in the ocean. This experience sparked the idea for him to create the organization, Life Rolls On, which now allows everyone to experience the same joy he did of finally getting back into the water.
Here is Paul, Lisa and their daughter Jennifer riding in the Crescenta Valley September 11th Parade representing CERT! It is quite the site to see driving around town past the Fire Stations and schools seeing the children out in support waving the American Flag. Many of them not even born yet when this tragedy occurred. As Paul and his family drove around they made sure to thank all the Fire Fighters, Sheriffs and Police for their service to our nation. May we never forget September 11th, 2001.
Paul and Lisa Dutton spent last weekend at the Relay For Life Cancer Walk.
Paul and Lisa have been doing this event for 8 years,
sponsoring teams to raise money for cancer.
Is this the first you have heard of the Relay for Life events
to benefit the American Cancer Society? On their site you
can read about how the event was started in 1985 by
Dr. Gordy Klatt, what you can expect at each community
event and all the family friendly festivities like the
Survivors’ Lap at the beginning of every walk, the Luminaria
Ceremony which takes place after dark, and the emotionally
powerful Fight Back Ceremony.
Also on the American Cancer Society site, you can learn all of
the projects that the funds are raised to support, such as cancer
research, Hope Lodge (which provides affordable accommodations for
cancer patients that are receiving treatment far from home), the
Road to Recovery program (which provides trained transportation to
and from cancer treatment), the Look Good..Feel Better project (a
free service that teaches cancer patients make-up techniques so they
can look better than they sometimes feel), and the Reach to Recovery
program that partners breast cancer patients with breast cancer survivors.
Paul and Lisa have always volunteered for their local Relay for Life
Hope Event as Red Cross Aiders and C.E.R.T.
(Community Emergency Response Team)
Responders, just in case there should be any medical problems
during the 24-hour event.
Paul and Lisa have been volunteering as First Aid Responders
at community events like the 5k Run, Montrose’s Arts and Crafts
events, Hometown Country Fair and, of course, Relay For Life.
Together Paul and Lisa have logged over 5,000 hours as C.E.R.T.
Coordinators and Program Managers in the Crescenta Valley.
So, have we inspired you to take part in your community? Both
Paul and Lisa would be happy to spend a few minutes exploring ways
for you to get involved at an event in your area.
The front page of the July 04, 2013 issue of the Crescenta Valley Weekly highlights a photo by our very own Lisa Dutton with the caption “GUSD members surround “victims” during an earthquake scenario as part of their CERT training”! How awesome is that?! Almost as awesome as the reason she was there to take this photo.
“In preparation for a potential major disaster, 41 Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) principals and administrators received a three-day course in Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). The CERT program is intended to aid the public in the midst of a disaster, when emergency services may not be readily available. While first responders might be unable to aid due to a variety of factors such as road blockages or a lack of communication stemming from technological failures, CERT training emphasizes the development of self-reliant skills.”
“With help from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Crescenta Valley Station, CV CERT coordinators Paul and Lisa Dutton guided the GUSD staff through different scenarios, teaching them what they could expect and what they should do if the schools were stranded from the safety net of emergency services during a major crisis…the Duttons have coordinated CERT training sessions in La Crescenta for years, Paul called this session with GUSD the “most important and biggest” of all.”
“The Duttons provided a crash course on CERT basics: search and rescue operations, medical operations and triage, disaster psychology and even what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. The principals will have to take what they learned and adapt those lessons to their respective schools.”
“The training sessions culminated in a simulated post-earthquake disaster area. The principals and administrators employed their newly learned skills as they “rescued” students suffering from gruesome, artificial injuries, some in faux-unconscious states. The school district representatives were tested with various disaster response situations and graduated from their CERT training, with 24 hours of training under their belts.”
Are you prepared for an earthquake?
If not and you are interested in CERT training, please call our office to speak with Paul or Lisa Dutton. You can also see all 20 of the photos from this training on our facebook page.
In the meantime, please review our prior post that provides a disaster preparedness kit.