Norwalk honors Rec and Parks, Public safety staff

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NORWALK - Norwalk City Council declared July as Parks Make Life Better month at their meeting on Tuesday, promoting many of the city’s parks and recreation programs.

The council chambers found itself nearly full with staff from the Recreation and Park Services Department, who were present in support of the declaration.

Mayor Margarita Rios said that the Parks and Rec Department “has something for the entire family.”

“Our very own Recreation and Parks Services Department sets the standard for quality programming that builds our communities character, strengthens relationships and fosters development,” said Rios. “The programs provided include activities for the entire family, from art workshops and dance classes, to outdoor movies and concerts.”

Rios also commended the work of the department’s staff.

“In highlighting our programs, I would be remiss not to mention our staff. Your efforts truly make a difference in our community,” said Rios. “To our Recreation and Parks staff, thank you for building quality programs and for always doing it with a smile.”

Council also praised the efforts of several public safety officers Tuesday.

Staff recognized 17 personnel from the public safety Norwalk Sherriff’s station for exemplary service and professional commitment to the city.

From Public Safety, those honored included Officer Daniel Munoz, Officer Daniel Parrales, Officer Taveon Hariston, Officer Adrienne Rodriguez, Officer Angelina Castaneda, Officer Brigette Crum, Sergeant Sandra Rojas, Dispatcher Adriana Ortega, and Cynthia Ramirez.

From Norwalk Sherriff Station, Deputy David Pantoja, Deputy Alma Flores, Deputy Lauren Gutierrez, Deputy Pierina Gentille, Deputy Dave Vivona, Deputy Steve Douma, Detective Joel Andrade, and Detective Jose Bueno were honored.

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