Murrieta Rotary Presents Five Vocational Service Awards

Murrieta Rotary Presents Five Vocational Service Awards

The Rotary Club of Murrieta awarded Vocational Service Awards to five individuals during a luncheon attended by city, education and health care officials, Tuesday, April 5.  The annual awards luncheon was held at the Murrieta Public Library.

Nominated by their employers for their distinguished vocational and community service during 2021 the Vocational Service Awardees included:

  • Jennifer Antonucci, RN, who serves as Emergency Coordinator for Murrieta Fire and Rescue. With the department since 2016, she is called “the heartbeat of Murrieta Fire and Rescue.”  She manages the department’s Infection Control Plan, instructs in Advanced Cardiac and Pediatric Life Support and provides Emergency Care education for new recruits.
  • Matt Davidson, Facilities Manager for Loma Linda University Medical Center Murrieta, supports all of the various areas of the hospital. During the pandemic with the roller coaster of patient surges, Matt set up various spaces to allow for the care of patients.  In the most recent surge, he assembled a team to take the 111-bed facility to double occupancy while focusing on efficiency, safety, goodwill and dedication.
  • Nurse Danielle Fantroy from Rancho Springs Medical Center has 30 plus years of critical care nursing experience and is the Center’s Critical Care Supervisor. She answers Rapid Response calls from all over the hospital, helping with patients who have taken a turn for the worse, and she educates and mentors nurses throughout the facility. Danielle also volunteers her time, talents and money to Riverside Life Services which benefits low-income families across the county
  • With 20 years in the Murrieta Police Department, Senior Crime Analyst Ami Hicks was recognized for exceptional service as a Public Safety Dispatcher and then as a Senior Crime Analyst. Her ability to remember people, recall names and criminal cases from years ago made her a “Cops’ best friend.” She was a true victims’ advocate behind the scenes, responsible for solving countless crime cases and jailing thousands of people.  She died January 26, 2022.
  • Benjamin Wallace, Robotics Teacher at Thompson Middle School, leads the most sought-after elective on campus. He works tirelessly to ensure his students have many opportunities with an innovative and engaging curriculum. He is involved across campus and is a member of Thompson’s team focusing on identifying student needs and developing appropriate, effective interventions.

Murrieta Rotary’s Vocational Service award recipients included (from left) Murrieta Police Department’s Ami Hicks (her husband Tom accepted the award), Murrieta Fire & Rescue’s Jennifer Antonucci, Murrieta Valley Unified School District’s Benjamin Wallace, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Matt Davidson and Southwest Health Care’s Danielle Fantroy.

“The Rotary Club is honored to recognize these upstanding citizens who through their work are making huge contributions to our community,” Kelly Orchard and Linda Lunn, Murrieta Rotary’s Vocational Services Chairs, said.  “These individuals exemplify the standards of Rotary, including ‘Service Above Self’ and the Four Way Test which stresses integrity and fairness while building good will and better friendships.

“On behalf of the Rotary Club, we also want to thank the Murrieta Library which provided our venue,” they added.

Currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the Rotary Club of Murrieta was chartered on April 28, 1992.  The club is involved in many international and community projects, in cooperation with Rotary International, which has as its theme “Service Above Self.”  Club meetings are held Mondays (excepting holidays) at noon at Richie’s Diner in Murrieta.