Park Ridge Police Congratulate Illinois 2012 TRIAD Senior Volunteer of the Year


On August 27th, at the annual State of Illinois TRIAD Conference in Joliet, Park Ridge resident Tom Wilson was presented with the  State of Illinois TRIAD Senior Volunteer of the Year Award for 2012.
TRIAD began as a national initiative sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriff’s Association. TRIAD's have been developed in communities throughout Illinois and the nation to promote crime prevention for older citizens.  Illinois TRIAD was one of the first organizations in the nation to guide a statewide response to the critical issue of crime against seniors.
            The Park Ridge Police Department nominated Mr. Wilson for his years of unwavering commitment, selflessness and work. Tom has been volunteering his time with our agency since 2001. During that time, he has worked closely with the department on our Citizen’s Patrol. This group of volunteers donate their time by patrolling the community during evening hours, assisting during storms and other catastrophic events and helps during significant pre-planned events such as the recent NATO meeting. The Citizens Patrol continues to assist and support the police department and the City with the following activities and events: Anelise’s Run, Taste of Park Ridge, Park Ridge Charity Classic, Park Ridge Senior Olympics, National Night Out, Fire Department Open House, Merchants Carnival, railroad crossing problems, fall storms, floods, power outages, Teen Movie Night, numerous crime scenes and various additional callouts throughout the year.
            Tom has consistently given of himself and has worked countless hours. He often comes in during emergencies, during the early morning hours and works to secure scenes at fires, power lines down & major crashes. He has held leadership positions in this organization including president and vice president. These positions have required him to volunteer even more hours.
            Tom has also, recently, become a leading member of the City’s Community Emergency Response Team. 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, light search and rescue, team organizations, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in neighborhoods or workplaces following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.      
            Tom volunteers his time working in this capacity as well. He recently undertook a significant radio program where he organized and trained the City’s volunteer groups on the use of newly acquired radios. Finally, he worked closely with staff on the purchase and deployment of new CERT equipment, including a trailer. There is no question that the success of this recently initiated program is largely due to his efforts.
            The men and women of the Park Ridge Police Department owe a great deal to Tom and all of our wonderful volunteers. We also recognize and thank the families of these volunteers. They often sacrifice time with their loved ones for the greater good. The Department is proud to have such a committed and talented group of people who consistently give up their time to help enhance the safety of our community. Programs like the Citizen’s Patrol, CERT, Parent Patrol, Chaplain’s Program and the Police Chief’s Advisory Board enable us to be more effective and successful in the services we deliver. We are especially proud of Tom Wilson and congratulate him again for being selected as the 2012 State of Illinois TRIAD Senior Volunteer of the Year.

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