Tobi's Heroes

2016-17 HONOREES

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Peter Kato

Tigers Youth Club

Honored: April 18, 2017

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Kurt Johnson

City of Calabasas

Honored: April 18, 2017

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Tim Grierson

City of Carson

Honored: April 15, 2017

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Jean Elie

Concerned Black Men

Honored: April 15, 2017

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Victor Vang

Boys and Girls Club of Metro Los Angeles

Honored: April 12, 2017

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Anthony Newman

Boys and Girls Club of Metro Los Angeles

Honored: April 12, 2017

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Wilmer Cerrato

Special Olympics Southern California

Honored: April 10, 2017

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Cynda Logsdon

Special Olympics Southern California

Honored: April 10, 2017

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Brandon Nhan

LA Metro Debate League

Honored: April 5, 2017

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Joseph Flores

LA Metro Debate League

Honored: April 5, 2017

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Tacara Lovings

Leaps N Boundz

Honored: April 1, 2017

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Kristen Cummings

Leaps N Boundz

Honored: April 1, 2017

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Maria Lopez

Hollydale Elementary School

Honored: March 29, 2017

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Lisa Litzel

Magnolia Science Academy 8

Honored: March 29, 2017

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Jasmine Ako

LAMusART

Honored: March 26, 2017

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Richard Graham

LAMusART

Honored: March 26, 2017

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Shambria Williams

Vision to Learn

Honored: March 25, 2017

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Briggitte Wilson

Vision to Learn

Honored: March 25, 2017

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Jamal Wilson

Jonvenes

Honored: March 20, 2017

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Ryan Cowell

Jovenes

Honored: March 20, 2017

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Ray Hodjat

Ball is Life

Honored: March 18, 2017

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Jason Hiroshima

Friends of Richard

Honored: March 18, 2017

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Fernando Pattison

LA City Fire Department

Honored: March 15, 2017

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Kenny Breskin

LA City Fire Department

Honored: March 15, 2017

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Stephanie Slaughter

Volunteer

Honored: March 11, 2017

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Alfredo Gomez

Volunteer

Honored: March 11, 2017

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Captain Alexandria Provenghi

US Air Force Veteran

Honored: March 6, 2017

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Chief Bryan Frieders

Pasadena Fire Department

Honored: March 6, 2017

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Commander Greg Duncan

US Coast Guard Reserve

Honored: March 1, 2017

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Captain Roland Sprewell

Los Angeles County Fire Department

Honored: March 1, 2017

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Chris Santos

US Coast Guard Base LA/LB

Honored: February 26, 2017

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Tamalega Tuinei

US Coast Guard Base LA/LB

Honored: February 26, 2017

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Jaymee Legaspi

Imagine LA

Honored: February 24, 2017

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Kelly Wong

Imagine LA

Honored: February 24, 2017

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Roger Lowenstein

LA Leadership

Honored: February 15, 2017

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Jaime Urbina

Gage Middle School

Honored: February 15, 2017

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Josh Goshorn

Cadet Post 89

Honored: February 2, 2017

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Matt Klein

Cadet Post 89

Honored: February 2, 2017

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Captain Brent Burton

100 Black Men

Honored: January 19, 2017

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Ronald Goodall

100 Black Men

Honored: January 19, 2017

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Ken Swift

Salvation Army Siemon Family Youth Center

Honored: January 16, 2017

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Dr. Diandra Bremond

Brotherhood Crusade

Honored: January 16, 2017

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Life D Griffith

Phi Beta Chapter

Honored: January 14, 2017

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Theida Salazar

The Honest Lawyers

Honored: January 14, 2017

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Roman Alvarez

Mar Vista Family Center

Honored: January 11, 2017

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Dan Unger

CIS

Honored: January 11, 2017

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Rosario Di Prima

Catholic BBBS

Honored: January 8, 2017

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Tiffany Siart

BBBS-LA

Honored: January 8, 2017

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Earl Edwards

Concerned Black Men

Honored: January 4, 2017

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Jason Dingle

Children's Collective

Honored: January 4, 2017

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Eward Preer

Elevate your G.A.M.E.

Honored: January 2, 2017

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Donald Jenkins

LA Job Corps

Honored: January 2, 2017

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Tony Navarro

Cadet Post

Honored: December 26, 2016

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Carla Navarro

Cadet Post

Honored: December 26, 2016

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Andre Patterson

Salvation Army Siemon Family Youth Center

Honored: December 23, 2016

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Maxine Higa

Salvation army

Honored: December 23, 2016

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Crystal Perez

Young Horizons

Honored: December 22, 2016

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Andrea Carrasco

Young Horizons

Honored: December 22, 2016

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Barbara Sheridan

Giving Children Hope

Honored: December 20, 2016

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Dan Suh

Giving Children Hope

Honored: December 20, 2016

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Josh Johnston

Friends of Robinson Garden

Honored: December 12, 2016

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Fernando Marroquin

Friends of Robinson Garden

Honored: December 12, 2016

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Don Weissman

Boys and Girls Club of West Valley

Honored: December 10, 2016

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Jaemin Yang

Boys and Girls Club of West Valley

Honored: December 10, 2016

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Coach Al

Boys and Girls Club Long Beach

Honored: December 7, 2016

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Miles Davis

Boys and Girls Club Long Beach

Honored: December 7, 2016

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Lauri Halderman

CASA of Los Angeles

Honored: December 4, 2016

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Carol Henault

Reading is Fundemental of Southern California

Honored: December 4, 2016

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Betty LaMarr

LEAP

Honored: November 21, 2016

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Ryan Taylor

LEAP

Honored: November 21, 2016

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Vic Braden

Sharefest Communtity Developement

Honored: November 19, 2016

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Veronica Melvin

President / CEO, LA Promise Fund

Honored: November 19, 2016

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Dana Brown

St. Joseph

Honored: November 16, 2016

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Paula Buckley

Volunteer Extraordinaire, St. Joseph

Honored: November 16, 2016

How long have you been a part of your organization/LAPD/LAFD/school/organization?
2 years

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Working with the homeless

Who have you always looked up to and why?
Hmmm. I don't really look up to people. I just try to be the best person I can be.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I have helped the homeless community by serving them food in our cafe, helping them select groceries from our pantry , doing client intake and partnering them with services and most importantly just listening to them and treating them with respect.
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Darin Laier

LAFD

Honored: November 14, 2016

How long have you been a part of the LAFD?
11 Years with the Los Angeles Fire Department

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is the gratitude people have after we have helped them in any way.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I have always looked up to professional athletes that are humble. They were given a talent most of us would die to have.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I try to help the community in some way every time i put on the LAFD uniform by giving back what they have given me.

I help the youth in my community by mentoring and coaching youth soccer and baseball. I think it’s important that every kid have access to good sports leagues and coaching no matter their economic status.
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Danny Wu

LAFD

Honored: November 14, 2016

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Damion Smith

Program Coordinator, Children's Collective

Honored: November 9, 2016

How long have you been a part of your organization/ LAPD/LAFD/school/organization?
I have been with The Children’s Collective, Inc. (TCCI) since August 2015

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
Helping youths and families obtain different tools to help them increase educational performance and financial well-being.

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I have looked up to TCCI’s founder Dr. Jackie Kimbrough for her dedication and love for her community. She started TCCI back in 1974 and grown it into a beacon of hope for youth and families in the Los Angeles area.

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
I feel like the services we provided have helped a lot of kids get off the streets. That we have provided a safe zone for youth to play but also learn.
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Fonda Whitehead

Development Director, Bresee Foundation

Honored: November 9, 2016

How long have you been a part of your organization/LAPD/LAFD/school/organization?
I started as one of the first teens in the program, received one of the first college scholarships and came back 19 years ago to work for the organization!

What has been the most rewarding part about your job?
The most rewarding part about my job is seeing the success stories unfold and telling those stories! Those stories symbolize who we are and what our mission continues to be, the fact that I am one of those stories makes it even better!

Who have you always looked up to and why?
I have looked up to my mother because she defeated all the hardships and challenges that kept her struggling to raise two children as a single mom, she set the example! I also look up to my mentor Jeff Carr who embraced me as a young teen and instilled in me that I could do whatever I put my mind to!

How do you feel you have helped the community and youth around you?
This question is simple, I have always strived to be an example to youth who grew up like me in the neighborhood. At Bresee I continue to be that example by pursuing my education, being dedicated to working hard and always paying it forward!
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DeAnthony Langston

LA Job Corps

Honored: November 7, 2016

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Lisa Wilson

Youth of Promise Flintridge

Honored: November 7, 2016

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Tim Aguayo

LAFD

Honored: November 2, 2016

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Tyler Varnum

LAFD

Honored: November 2, 2016

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Edward Grey

Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

Honored: October 31, 2016

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Alan Jung

Los Angeles Department of Recreation

Honored: October 31, 2016

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Billy Don Jackson

YMCA

Honored: October 30, 2016

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Chris Thomas

YMCA

Honored: October 30, 2016

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Lucia Diaz

Mar Vista Community Center

Honored: October 13, 2016

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Dana Henry

Communities in School

Honored: October 13, 2016

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Eric Avendano

LAPD

Honored: October 10, 2016

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Alfredo Lamas

LAPD

Honored: October 10, 2016

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Officer Danielle Lopez

LAPD

Honored: October 5, 2016

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Officer Bryan Waggener

LAPD

Honored: October 5, 2016