During the Tuesday, November 1, City Commission meeting, officials recognized Maggie Maldonado as the 2011 CERT Volunteer of the Year.
Maldonado joined the Coral Springs Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in 2008 and has played a key role during every activation. This past May, Maldonado performed CPR on her neighbor while waiting for rescue to arrive. Maldonado credits her years of CERT training to helping her remain calm and focused. Despite her valiant efforts, her friend and neighbor did not survive, but she used this as a lesson to help teach others how to react and stay calm in a very stressful situation.
“Coral Springs CERT is actually one of the greatest things I’ve done in my life,” Maldonado said. “Serving the community is very important to me. I’ve been a part of the community for 27 years and when I got involved with CERT, it was the opportunity for me to give back to the community.”
CERT training is a free 25-hour course offered to Coral Springs residents. The course meets on three consecutive Saturdays, followed by a disaster simulation drill and monthly meetings. The meetings cover topics such as CPR, first aid, search and rescue, and basic disaster management. Anyone interested in joining CERT should visit www.CoralSprings.org/Fire/CERT.cfm for more information.
Photos of these recognitions are available at www.CoralSprings.org/Commission/Recognitions.