Quiet Hero – Ron Kosin
The group I volunteer for: The California Highway Patrol Grass Valley office.
What I do for the group: I work the front desk and do traffic control at the fairgrounds and at different school events. I also do all the carpentry work.
How I got involved: It was in the newspaper, and my wife and I came down and put an application in and went through the academy.
Why I think this group’s work is important: The office itself is understaffed. There’s only so many officers and the population here has increased. I try to help in the office so an officer doesn’t have to do it.
The best thing that ever happened to me on this volunteer job was: I was in charge of the bike program and we gave out 260 to 280 bicycles in a three-year period to the underprivileged kids. Fifteen or 20 went to the town of Washington. We even got a three-wheel bike to a disabled girl in Camptonville.
The rewards I get from this volunteer job are: It gives me a sense of accomplishment.
Other volunteer jobs I’ve done: I did volunteer work through the Long Beach Police Department and the Long Beach Search and Rescue. As an Elk, we used to go to the VA hospital. I also used to volunteer at the Nevada Union welding shop.
I’ve lived in Nevada County: We had our home built here in 1990.
The most important job that faces us as a community is: The one problem I see is not the kids themselves, but a number of young individuals just don’t want to slow down.
I think volunteerism is important because: It assists the community. Whatever goes around comes around.
To suggest a western Nevada County volunteer for this feature, contact Dave Moller at email@example.com or 477-4237.
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