What do you do in your off time?
Where do you volunteer your time?
Lisa Dutton, an 8 year veteran as a Sheriff Volunteer,
has put in over 2,500 Volunteer hours with the
Los Angeles Sheriff Department (L.A.S.D.).
Lisa was selected out of 68 volunteers to be the
“Sheriff Volunteer of the Year”.
Lisa volunteers out of the Crescenta Valley Station for the L.A.S.D.
and has been working diligently with Captain Bill Song, Sargent Brink and
Deputy Valdivia to help facilitate all the Community Relations Programs.
Lisa works and helps plan and organize such events as
the Sheriffs Annual Food and Toy Drive as well as National Night Out,
Rummage Sale and Sheriffs Open House events.
Lisa also heads up the L.A.S.D. La Crescenta C.E.R.T.
(Community Emergency Response Team) Program. Crescenta
Valley C.E.R.T. was started by Lisa and Paul Dutton 8 years ago.
They have put on 18 trainings together, 5 Major Drills and
have trained over 400 people in the Crescenta Valley.
Lisa not only is a F.E.M.A. and L.A.S.D. Certified Trainer
for C.E.R.T., but also is a Certified Program Manager.
Lisa also is an Emergency Medical Responder (E.M.R.) with the Red Cross.
In her spare time, Lisa is also a Certified Red Cross First Aid Trainer
(whew, were does she find the energy?!).
Isn’t it obvious why they picked Lisa to be the Volunteer of the Year?!
What about you?
What volunteer opportunities have you participated in?
What organizations touch your heart?
Or maybe you are looking for a volunteer opportunity….
If so, feel free to give Paul or Lisa a call…they would
love to share their experiences with you and get you started!
Our own Paul Dutton is a Sheriffs Volunteer for
the Los Angeles Sheriffs Dept.(L.A.S.D.).
Paul, as a trained Sheriff Volunteer on Patrol (V.O.P.),
spends his Friday and Saturday nights out on patrol for
the Crescenta Valley Station.
On patrol, Paul does vacation checks for people on
vacation. They patrol and assist other deputies on
traffic accidents and call outs.
Many times, V.O.P.s are called out to help with
a Sheriff’s Incident, to help with traffic control or
Paul has participated in the Station Fire, Station Fire Floods,
Flood Watch and notifications for evacuations, Parades,
civic events, 5k runs and, of course, the Sheriff’s Food and
Toy Drive where the above picture was taken.
According to the Sheriff Department site:
The primary objectives for the members shall be to prevent crime by mere presence, or identify public hazards. Members shall also act as the eyes and ears of the Sheriff’s Department by identifying suspicious activities, crimes in progress, or dangerous circumstances. The members shall not take action themselves, but shall notify the proper authorities for handling.
The Volunteers On Patrol members accept their mission to serve the community with the enduring belief that in so doing, they will maintain the high level of safety, quality of life, and the beauty of the community that everyone is entitled.
Paul has logged over 2,000 hours as a Sheriff Volunteer.
Paul is also a L.A.S.D. certified F.E.M.A./Homeland Security
C.E.R.T. Instructor and Program Manager for the C.E.R.T. Program
at the Crescenta Valley Station.
If you have an interest in learning more about
these programs and the volunteer opportunities
they provide, please check out the links above,
or call Paul directly as he’s always happy to
share stories of his experiences in the hopes of
inspiring you to join him on his next volunteer expedition.
It’s that time again…
…to get those windows done so you can see
where the Easter Bunny hides his eggs!
When Paul was a kid, he always tried to see
where the Easter Bunny would hide the eggs,
especially the Golden Egg!
Well, it’s that time again and we have to hurry
because Easter is only one week away.
We are going to give you 10% off FOR APRIL,
but you must hurry and book us quickly.
This is our way of saying Happy Easter,
so call us now to get your Spring Cleaning done!
SPRING CLEANING SPECIALS
- We can dust those cobwebs off, clean all your patio furniture and wash your cushions, too.
- We can also power wash your patios, brick areas, walkways, balconies, and driveways, too.
- Yes, we can also fix and clean up those old screens with new ones!
Come celebrate Easter all cleaned up and be ready for Spring.
Besides, you can then peek out and see where the Easter Bunny hides the eggs!
Here is an all too frequent story after a rainstorm like we recently had throughout southern California:
You go to bed, enjoying the sound of the rain falling on the roof and grateful that you are inside your home where it is warm and dry.
However, when you wake up, and step into your living space, you discover a puddle of water. You rush to find a bucket, or a pot, and a few towels. As you are rushing around, you discover another puddle. And, as the rain continues, new wet spots appear.
In your head you are already having a conversation with your favorite roofer who reminds you that his crew won’t come out until the rain stops. And, you are seeing the dollar signs rush out the hole as quickly as the rain is coming through it.
Clearly it doesn’t do you any good to have this conversation only in your head, so at some point you do call your roofer to set a time for him or his crew to come check out your situation.
Someone we know had this same situation. Their favorite roofer would, indeed, only come out during a break in the storm.
However, he did provide a bit of potential good news: It is quite possible that there wasn’t actually a leak, but rather clogged gutters.
How did their gutters get so clogged already? Well, they never had us come out to clear them after the fall leaves fell. The leaves in the gutters created a dam. As the rain continued to pour into the gutters, the water had nowhere to go except to seep through various seams like above the sliding door, through a light socket, and where the ceiling meets the wall.
Want some more good news?
We will come and inspect your gutters for free.
We’ll even come out for emergency gutter cleaning DURING the rain!
Check out all the details on our flier:
Paul Dutton, Cerscenta Valley’s Head C.E.R.T. Coordinator, held his 18th class in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for the Crescenta Valley Church in February.
Paul is a Certified FEMA/Homeland Security Instructor for C.E.R.T. with the L.A.S.D. Program. With this 18th class, Paul and his wife, Lisa, also an instructor, have taught a total of 428 people in the C.E.R.T. Training in the Crescenta Valley.
Pastor Scott Wood and many of his fellow church members said, “What an incredible class and valuable training this is for our community!”
These classes are 24 hours of training on Emergency Preparedness in how to develop your own Family Disaster Plan, spread over a few days. Similar programs are taught nationwide and helps people understand that Emergency Services might be overwhelmed in a major disaster and you and your family may be on your own for several days. C.E.R.T. teaches you to be prepared for yourself, your family, you neighbors and your community.
Paul and Lisa have developed one of the best C.E.R.T. Programs in L.A. County with 10 Teams formulating up to 8 different locations throughout the area. Paul works closely with the Glendale Unified School Teachers as well with churches, C.V. Water District and of course L.A.S.D. and L.A. County Fire. Paul and Lisa have developed a program that encompasses all these agencies along with the Red Cross. Paul is also working with the Red Cross on helping find emergency shelters throughout the Crescenta Valley.
Paul and Lisa have devoted over 5,000 volunteers hours to C.V. C.E.R.T. over 8 years and 18 trainings with 5 major drills. It is a widely respected C.E.R.T. Program within the community.
Are you prepared for an emergency?
If not and you are interested in CERT training, please call our office to speak with Paul or Lisa Dutton. In the meantime, please review our prior post that provides a disaster preparedness checklist.
Our own Paul Dutton is shown here working with his fellow Red Cross EMT’s and EMR’s at the 123rd Rose Parade (2014). He so enjoys keeping people safe, taking care of exhausted band members and providing first aid at Station 10 along the parade route. If you are interested in volunteering at the 2015 Rose Parade with the Red Cross, please contact Roxanne Schorbach: Roxanne.Schorbach@redcross.org
This is Paul’s 2nd year of volunteering.
He loves working as a Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).
Paul just finished re-certifying with an 8 week, 65 hour course with the Red Cross. If you are interested in the courses and certifications offered by the Red Cross, click here to find your local chapter.
Paul is also the Red Cross Ambassador for La Crescenta, CA:
Duties: Welcome each donor, have them sign in, and keep track of appointments and “walk-ins.” You will also help ensure sure all donors proceed through the process in an orderly and timely manner. Other duties will vary depending on the blood drive. Most important in this role is to help the donor have a positive experience beginning with time of arrival and give words of appreciation.
Commitment: Two 3-hour shifts per month.
Days & times: Mondays through Saturdays, varied hours.
If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, please complete this form to register.
Paul has been involved with the Red Cross for 5 years. He continues to combine his Red Cross training with the C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) program in Emergency Preparedness for our La Crescenta Valley.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Paul has continued his EMR training and recertification for 5 years now. This also includes CERT level 3 training which Paul uses in all his classes for CERT level 1 training. As we’ve shared previously, Paul is a Certified Instructor for the LASD and is FEMA certified to teach CERT nationwide.
Paul and Lisa also became certified Teen CERT instructors in May 2013 at the AREA E CERT conference in Orange County, CA. Paul and Lisa also receive their certification as CERT Program Managers as well.
Lastly, Paul and Lisa have headed up the Crescenta Valley CERT program from its inception 8 years ago, holding 16 training classes to over 416 people in the Crescenta Valley and Glendale, La Canada areas!
If you are interested in your local CERT training, enter your zip code here and follow the prompts.
My wife asked me what I want for Christmas the other day. Upon careful reflection I realize I didn’t even remember what I got last year. So I wrote out a different list this year. To hope for my wife to be healthy and to always be by my side. For my daughter to return home safely from the University of Colorado for Christmas! For my mom to be able to do what she loves and to stay out of the ER and for my family to be reunited around the dinner table on Christmas Day!
Jennifer tells us to stop whining about our 30 degree weather here in LA, when Boulder Colorado is a minus 11 degrees. I can’t believe she is a junior this year!
Lisa continues to volunteer full time with the Sheriff’s and is currently working on the Sheriffs Food and Toy Drive.
Lisa and I had the privilege to train all 41 principals for the Glendale School District in CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) this summer. Both Lisa and I continue our training Red Cross. This year, I have been chosen to be the Red Cross Ambassador for Crescenta Valley. I will be working the Rose Parade as a Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder. Lisa and I also had the pleasure of coaching some Robotics’ Teams in Natural Disaster Preparedness, which was the theme in their competitions this year.
The joke this year has been, in my spare time I run the business. Thanks for letting us be your window washing guys and keeping food on our table.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a safe and warm Holiday Season with your family.
From our family to yours since 1981,
Paul, Lisa, Jennifer and Staff
PS There’s still time to get your windows done for Christmas. If you like, we are offering our 10% off January special!
As you may have read in our previous post, our very own Paul Dutton helped to build, and paid for, the entire deck of the master cabin at Camp Silver Fir near Huntington Lake in the High Sierras of Central California.
The Boy Scouts’ Camp in the High Sierras
Paul and other volunteers of the Verdugo Hills Council go up every Memorial Day Weekend to open the camp for the Boy Scouts of America. He and other volunteers then return every Labor Day Weekend to close the camp until the next season.
Paul Dutton as Camp Master
As Paul explained, there are over thirty men that take turns as Camp Master each season, based on their points status. Since Paul has been involved with the camp for over forty years, he has one of the highest point totals. Whomever has the highest point total gets first choice of the week they want as Camp Master.
Re-Staining the Master Cabin’s Deck at Camp Silver Fir
This year they noticed that the deck needed to be restained, which seems fitting since it has been at least four years since it was build. Paul has just returned from a week at the cabin where did just that, as well as attend to his other duties as Camp Master which include watching over any gear and vehicles that are left behind at this high adventure hiking camp.
Where would you like to spend your week as camp master?
Please share in the comments section below, or on our facebook page.
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.
Southern Californians Must Always Be Prepared for an Earthquake!
Yes, even our own Paul Dutton once asked, “Where can I volunteer?”
Paul Dutton joins American Red Cross Ambassador Program to strengthen Disaster Readiness in La Crescenta.
The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, the leading organization working to raise awareness of disaster preparedness, has created a Community Ambassador Program to extend Red Cross services such as preparedness education and community outreach to Los Angeles County residents.
With over 270 communities in Los Angeles County, Community Ambassadors support the ones in which they reside. Community Ambassadors will represent the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region as community-centric volunteers, working to ensure that city officials and residents are linked to the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region services and resources.
Are you still asking, “Where can I volunteer?”
“Since Community Ambassadors are working professionals, we appreciate the time, passion and dedication they give to serve the Red Cross. This is an important role that will lead to better prepared communities for catastrophic disaster,” said Tamara White, Community Coordinator.
Paul Dutton has been the Head Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator for the Crescenta Valley for 7 years, training hundreds. He partners with the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region in shelter training and volunteering, as well as with LAFD, the Crescent Valley Sheriff’s department, and Public Health.
“I have been involved with Community and Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Red Cross for nearly a decade and I feel the more training the community gets, the better. The reason I do it, is to honor my father who taught us the Boy Scout Way, ‘be prepared.’ If all our trainings in the past years can save one life, I feel it’s all worth it,” said Paul Dutton.
This is Paul’s answer to “Where can I volunteer?”
For more information about the American Red Cross Ambassador Program, please email Tamara.White@RedCross.org
About the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region:
A volunteer-led humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Serving more than 85 cities, the Red Cross provides relief for victims of house and apartment fires, earthquakes, floods, hazardous material spills, transportation accidents, explosions, etc.
Now you know why our answer to “Where can I volunteer?” is the Los Angeles Red Cross.