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Friday, July 6, 2012

OFFICIAL Press Release re Award

July 2, 2012
Arlington Fire Department Volunteer Awarded State Honor 

Linda McMillen, an Arlington Fire Department Office of Emergency Management Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer, was awarded the second annual Jack Colley Award for Volunteerism last month at the annual Texas Unites Citizen Corps/Volunteers Organizations Active in Disaster Conference.  The award was presented by Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and Penny Redington, executive director of the Texas Association of Regional Councils.

The award honors an outstanding volunteer who exhibits leadership, dedication, self-sacrifice and service to the State of Texas in the field of emergency management. This statewide recognition is the highest honor presented to a volunteer by the state’s Citizen Corps Program.

McMillen has been instrumental to the success of the Arlington CERT program since 2007. During her time with the CERT program, she has participated in numerous training classes, exercises and emergency responses. McMillen was vital to the response following the April 3 tornadoes through the organization of more than 40 volunteers to support the Arlington Emergency Operations Center and the city’s Tornado Recovery Center.  She also participates in several monthly tests of the outdoor warning system and represents the Arlington EOC on the Tarrant County RACES radio net.  McMillen has volunteered in many special events and EOC activations, including the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, Super Bowl XLV and a full-scale exercise at Cowboys Stadium.

The Jack Colley Leadership Award was established in honor of Jack Colley, chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management from 1998-2010, for his unwavering support, dedication, and service to the citizens of Texas during times of crises and for his outstanding leadership in the profession of emergency management. The award is given annually to recognize the outstanding leadership and service of a Citizen Corps volunteer.
Media Contact:
Rebecca Rodriguez
Manager | Office of Communication
Rebecca Rodriguez
Marketing Communications Manager | Office of Communication
101 West Abram Street, Arlington, TX 76010 | P.O. Box 90231 MS 01-0370, Arlington, TX 7600-3231
office: 817.459.6412 email:

And with that I expect that my 15 minutes of fame are officially over. July 4th I served as Net Control for a couple of dozen radio operators staged along the big Arlington 4th of July Parade Route. Except for a couple of minor medical issues and one stalled vehicle, everything was totally and completely uneventful. Just the way we like it. My computer has been on the fritz again, so wishing everyone a BELATED Happy 4th!


Vickie said...

Hooray! Hooray! It is wonderful isnt't it?!
So did you design the "Will Blog for Comments" button? I noticed that today. I LOVE it! Is it available to use on my blog too? Or is it for your personal use only? :)

LindaMc said...

At last, as well! You are the first person to comment on the "Will Blog for Comments" button. Yes, I did design it! I even graphed my favorite font, Bernhard Fashion, with some minor modifications to make it fit the space. Thanks for asking! I've sent you a personal email.

Pauline said...

Congratulations Linda on the recognition of your commitment and contribution!

Silverlotus said...

Congratulations, Linda. It is well deserved. :D

LindaMc said...

Thank you, ladies! Vickie, did you get my email?