Honoree: Donald M. Piantoni
Honored by: Buena Park Police Volunteers, C.A.P.
Cause Area: Law Enforcement & Public Safety
Donald joined the Buena Park Police Department’s Volunteer Citizen Assisting Police (C.A.P.) program in 1998. During his membership he has contributed an excess of 7,700 volunteer hours, and has continued to accumulate over 500 hours in 2015. Don received a Commendation from the Department for performing C.P.R. with another officer, which resulted in a life being saved. In 2001 he completed the Volunteer Training Course, hosted by the California Peace Officer Association. He received the Department’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006, and was the 2007 Volunteer of the year. Don received the Life Time Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Service in 2014. Because of his interest in public safety he has been a volunteer First Aid and CPR Instructor for both the American Red Cross and American Heart Association, and has been a certified Emergency Medical Technician (E.M.T.) since 1975. Don has taken the F.E.M.A. Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Academy. He does not limit his volunteerism to the Buena Park Police Department, and has over 71 years as a volunteer with the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America. Don lives at Morningside of Fullerton, an independent living retirement facility in Fullerton, where he has been awarded their 2005 Volunteer of the Year Award, the 2010 Hallmark Gold Award, and the 2012 Crystal Award for his continuing volunteer work for the residents. Don is a native of Orange County, born in Brea, and enjoys life with his wife Edythe, also a Buena Park Police Volunteer.