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For nearly 30 years, Hesperia resident Greg Lugo has dedicated much of his life to making sure the community is a safe place to live. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s reserve deputy has volunteered countless hours providing security for city events such as Movies in the Park, the Farmer’s Market, and Relay for Life, to name a few.
To honor Lugo for his unparalleled service, Hesperia Recreation and Park District recently presented him with its CARPD 2014 Award of Distinction, which recognizes outstanding volunteers in the community.
“When I was told I was receiving this award it felt really good to know that I was appreciated for the work I’ve been doing,” said Lugo. “I really just want to help people in the community in any way that I can.”
Lugo began his volunteer career in law enforcement in Rancho Cucamonga in 1980. He transferred to Hesperia in 1988 around the time the city was incorporated.
Lugo said that along with working at his day job as a project manager for a construction company, he’s passionate about lending his time and talents to ensure public safety at community events.
One of those is Hesperia Days, which requires him to work shifts up to 16 hours at a time. He said he’s also no stranger to braving extreme temperatures at places such as Hesperia Lake’s annual Trout Derby in chilly January and local rodeos in the heat of the summer. Lugo said he deals with his fair share of serious incidents, as well.
“A couple years ago there was an incident where a 2-year-old girl became lost,” said Lugo. “We searched for her for nine or 10 hours and finally found her. Being able to do things like that is what it’s all about.”
Along with Lugo, Hesperia resident Steve Wierzbinski also was a recipient of Hesperia Recreation and Park District’s CARPD 2014 Award of Distinction. In 2013, Wierzbinski began volunteering his maintenance services at the Hesperia Golf and Country Club. He said he has been willing do whatever it takes to keep the facility in tip-top shape.
That includes handling everything from cleaning out sand traps and pulling weeds to keeping sprinkler heads clear of debris and spot-watering the greens.
“I appreciate the award but I haven’t been doing the work just to be recognized,” said Wierzbinski. “I got involved because I wanted to keep the golf course in the best shape possible so it would attract more people.
“All the things I’ve been doing are really starting to take hold and people have been telling me that the course looks better than it has in years. I’m very optimistic about where things are headed.”
Wierzbinski, an avid golfer, moved to Hesperia in 1995. In 2010, he was invited to become a member of the District’s Golf Course Advisory Committee.
When not at the course, he said he enjoys spending time with his two children and 10 grandchildren. His greatest desire is to be a role model for youngsters by striving for excellence in every area of his life.
“The District is happy to be able to recognize and celebrate the volunteer efforts of Greg Lugo and Steve Wierzbinski,” said Lindsay D. Woods, general manager for Hesperia Recreation and Park District.
“Volunteers play a big part of what the District does for our community. While we have recognized the efforts of these two men, we appreciate all of the individuals who volunteer for our District as well as the other organizations in the community.
“Winston Churchill once said, ‘We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.’ ”