A 77-year-old Glendale police volunteer who's logged more than 4,000 hours patrolling city streets, writing tickets and assisting officers now has a presidential award to show for it.
For the past 12 years, volunteer Dorit Forsythe has rarely missed a chance to go out on patrol, and for that, she earned the President's Lifetime Service Award.
"It was a tremendous surprise," she said.
The President Council on Service and Civic Participation was created in 2003 to identify volunteers who were making a difference in their communities. To receive the award, volunteers have to show continuous commitment to civic participation and a certain standard of service over a long period of time.
Police Chief Ron De Pompa presented Forsythe with the award, which was signed by President Obama, at a ceremony Wednesday.
"We don't take your service and sacrifice lightly," he told Forsythe. "We think it's an absolute mandatory component of our policing philosophy here."