First responder George Apt honored by Red Cross

george-apt.jpgResident and Ham Radio operator George Apt was honored with a Volunteer of Merit Award by California Park and Recreation Society District X at an Award Banquet last week for his exemplary volunteer service to the community.
Aly Mancini, Recreation supervisor, and Sue Hurd, Recreation leader III, accompanied Apt and his wife Carol to the banquet which honored 19 volunteers from various agencies for their commitment, dedication and outstanding volunteer service to the community, profession and member agencies.
Apt is an active member of Ham Radio club ARALB, serving on their board of directors and volunteering at many city-sponsored events for the past 10 years. His true passion is as a first responder on the American Red Cross (ARC) Disaster Assessment Team.
He spent three weeks in New Orleans as a volunteer providing food to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and another two weeks in areas of Louisiana devastated by flooding, which displaced many residents.
Apt has responded to localized disasters in charge of the mobile canteen, mass feeding first responders and victims. He also serves as ARALB’s liaison to the Red Cross to provide emergency communication during a disaster. He serves on the Westbluff HOA Landscape Committee and is an active member of the Long Beach Computer Club.