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Murrieta Rotary Honors Five with Vocational Services Awards

The Rotary Club of Murrieta awarded Vocational Service Awards to three City of Murrieta firemen, a police officer and a Murrieta Valley Unified School District teacher during a luncheon, Monday, January 29. The annual awards luncheon was held at the Loma Linda Medical Center and was attended by elected officials, community and business leaders.

Two of Murrieta Rotary’s Vocational Service Award winners (from left) Detective/School Resource Officer Joshua Rodriguez and Murrieta Valley High School’s Joel Levin are congratulated by Murrieta Mayor Jonathan Ingram (left) and Rotary President Vickie Ashmore. This photo by Cy Rathbun

The three Murrieta Fire and Rescue firemen included Captain Todd Bradstreet, Captain Sean DeGrave and Fire Engineer Mike Macalinao. They were honored for their heroic actions in rescuing a family of four whose pick up was stuck in raging rain waters in January 2017.

Juvenile Detective/School Resource Officer Joshua Rodriguez of the Murrieta Police Department was honored for his work with the Police Explorer program which has grown to a maximum of 36 Explorers.

Joel Levin, who teaches information communication technology at Murrieta Valley High School, was honored for his work with the school’s Virtual Enterprise program which has won state and national honors.

“The Rotary Club is honored to recognize these upstanding citizens who through their work are making huge contributions to our community,” Rotary Club President Vickie Ashmore said. “These individuals exemplify the standards of Rotary, including ‘Service Above Self’ and the Four Way Test which stresses integrity and fairness while building good will and better friendships.”

The honorees were nominated by their respective agencies for their distinguished vocational and community service.

Murrieta Rotary’s 2018 Vocational Service Awardees included (from left, Todd Bradstreet, Sean DeGrave and Mike Macalinao, all from Murrieta Fire and Rescue.

The Rotary Club of Murrieta was chartered on April 28, 1992. The club is involved in many international and community projects, in cooperation with Rotary International, which has as its theme “Service Above Self.” Club meetings are held Mondays (excepting holidays) at noon at Richie’s Diner in Murrieta.