SARASOTA, Fla. – Jan. 14, 2015 – 11 a.m.
On Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in the 2nd Floor Community Room, the Sarasota Police Department Marine Patrol Volunteers will be awarded with the first ever Noah Williams Humanitarian Award. Noah Williams was a volunteer with the Sarasota Police Department for several years before passing away in December 2013. The Noah Williams Humanitarian Award is one that will be given annually to a Citizen Volunteer Program member who displays an extraordinary act of kindness, bravery or service in the alleviation of human suffering as a result of manmade or natural disasters, emergencies and catastrophes regardless of size or duration.
The award will be presented to Marine Patrol Volunteers Randy Moritz, Robert Johnson, Jonathan Laronge and Murray Price. On May 24, 2014, the four volunteers responded to a medical emergency call aboard the ship ‘Sherry Jean.’ Upon arrival, the volunteers found the victim having difficulty breathing and speaking. The volunteers were able to assist her with her medications to help stabilize her breathing. The victim was transported to Marina Jack where the Sarasota County Fire Department had a rescue team waiting to transport to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
In addition to honoring the Marine Patrol Volunteers, Noah Williams widow, Mary, will present a check for $2,000 to the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Fund as part of the Humanitarian Award. This charity was selected by all four award recipients. Mary believes this is a way to continue to honor her husband and his memory. Chief Bernadette DiPino will also dedicate one of the volunteer vehicles in Noah’s honor and will receive two automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Noah’s honor from CMR CPR of Sarasota.
"When it comes to volunteers, they give us the greatest gift. It is different than someone who writes a check knowing how much is in their bank account," said Michelle Rinaca, Sarasota Police Department Volunteer Coordinator. "They give their time not knowing if this hour is one of hundreds or their very last, yet they give it so freely," said Rinaca.
Chief Bernadette DiPino, Marine Patrol Supervisor Officer Bruce King, Sarasota Police Department Marine Patrol Volunteers, representative from the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Fund, Noah’s widow, Mary, two volunteers who were partners with Noah and a representative from the Sarasota County Fire Department will be at the award ceremony.