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Pat Moore, co-owner of Willow Creek Restaurant, joins Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall in serving lunch to Litter Lifter and Citizens on Patrol volunteers.
The Daily Courier
PRESCOTT- The menu at Willow Creek Restaurant for lunch Sunday included pulled pork sandwiches and burgers, but the guests didn't pay a cent for their meals.
The diners, about 50 of them, were volunteers from the city's Litter Lifters and Citizens on Patrol organizations, and the free meal was owners Terry and Pat Moore's way of saying "thank you."
"These people help us out tremendously, and they get no recognition," said Terry, as he cooked up hamburgers. "I want to show (them) that they're appreciated."
"We have a great town, and they help make it great," he added.
Serving the troops were Prescott Mayor Marlin Kuykendall and Prescott Police Lt. Andy Reinhardt.
"This town could not survive without volunteers," said Kuykendall. "We are a volunteer community."
The Prescott Litter Lifters are a busy group, said Jerlynn Gjede, one of the members. "We have about 25 full-time, permanent members," plus those who only work part of the year, she said. They meet and have assigned areas to clean up each Wednesday and Thursday morning.
They clean the roadways from downtown all the way to the airport, she said, and it pays off for other non-profits as well. "We collect aluminum cans, save them, and about three times a year, we cash them in and give the money back to the community," helping groups like Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Shop With a Cop.
When they finish, she added, they usually gather for coffee and socialize for about a half-hour.
Prescott Police's Citizen on Patrol members are volunteers who do necessary tasks that would otherwise tie up sworn officers.
"They do quite a bit," said Reinhardt, who pointed out that they get a lot of hours during the tourist season. "When we have big events like the Fourth of July parade, they do all the traffic control for that," he said, "and they're additional eyes and ears on the road" on a daily basis.
Reinhardt said they also run errands like taking sealed evidence to the DPS crime lab in Flagstaff and make trips to Phoenix that would otherwise keep an officer off the street for most of a shift.
Jim Speights, in his third year of volunteering with Citizens on Patrol was pleased that the Moores had gone to the effort to supply lunch. "This is amazing. It's truly amazing that they'd do something like this for us," he said.
"It kind of blows you away," he said.