(May 8, 2014) The City of Frisco recently offered a giant ‘thank you’ to many of the volunteers who help make the community a special place to live and work. The annual MVP (Municipal Volunteer Program) Awards Reception honored residents who have donated from 10 hours to more than 650 hours of service in the past year.
Mayor Maher Maso and guest emcee Christal Howard of Community Impact newspaper, invited the volunteers on stage to receive certificates and applause from the admiring audience of friends, family and city officials, including several City Council members.
Elizabeth Schlapp, a member of the Frisco Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol, spent 656 hours last year helping police officers make our city safe. She was honored with the top award of the night, Volunteer of the Year.
Schlapp said she was pleased to receive the award, but she also praised her fellow volunteers and the officers she works with.
“I took the Citizens Police Academy and found it fascinating, so I wanted to take it to the next level and joined the Citizens on Patrol program,” she said later. “I like that we can go out on patrol and free up a police officer at a vehicle accident and make that officer available to handle another call. We also occasionally find a crime in progress and can get officers on-scene to handle it.”
Chief John Bruce discussed Schlapp’s value to the department. “Elizabeth Schlapp is quiet and unassuming,” he said. “As evidenced by her volunteer hours total, she shows up a lot but quietly takes care of responsibilities. She is always willing to help out.”
Besides Schlapp, the following residents were honored for their dedication as city volunteers:
Teen Volunteer Award: Ramya Movva (144 hours at Frisco Fire Safety Town)
Gold Award: Dewey Melton (502 hours for Citizens on Patrol)
Silver Award: Earl Winters (373 hours for Citizens on Patrol)
Winner’s Circle: Mary Elizabeth Jones and Ursala Young (for many years of service and more than 500 hours last year)
Rookie of the Year: Eleanor Ehrhart, who began generously volunteering her time at Frisco Fire Safety Town last year
Spirit Award: Donna Anderson, honored for ‘embodying the sense of volunteerism’ in her work for the Heritage Center Museum