Battlefield Volunteer Earns Highest Honor in the National Park Service Midwest Region Monroe, Michigan –
The National Park Service Midwest Regional Director, Cameron Sholly, announced that River Raisin National Battlefield Park volunteer Russell (Rusty) Davis has been selected as the recipient of the Midwest Region’s George and Helen Hartzog Outstanding Individual Volunteer Award for 2016! The Midwest Region of the National Park Service cares for 60 areas and Rusty is one of hundreds of volunteers that make achieving the mission of the National Park Service in the Midwest Region possible.
“Volunteers are the heart and soul of many organizations in Michigan,” said Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. “One of the most important assets Michigan has is its National Parks and Refuges where we preserve our natural resources and conserve our fish and wildlife. This is possible because of the volunteers who give their time and energy, and it is important that we recognize them for all of the work they do. Congratulations to Rusty Davis for earning the 2016 George and Helen Hartzog Outstanding Individual Volunteer Award for his work at River Raisin National Battlefield Park. Rusty's contributions to the Battlefield serve as an example to all of us, and remind us of our obligation to protect these iconic and historic places to ensure that future generations can enjoy them for years to come.”
During 2016, the National Park Service Centennial Year, Rusty’s contributions were exemplary and significantly advanced the mission of River Raisin National Battlefield Park and the National Park Service. Rusty’s volunteer service is far reaching and is a true example to all.
Rusty began volunteering with the National Park Service in 2011 and by the end of 2016 has contributed 1,942 hours to advancing the Battlefield. His accomplishments include performing off-site historical research for primary map and document collections, program planning, teaching off-site programs, researching primary documents for the Battlefield film development and exhibit projects, building parade floats and navigating parade routes, recruiting program speakers, setting up park exhibits, developing and presenting programs, advocating as an ambassador for the battlefield, maintenance projects, providing visitor assistance and tours, and working closely with park staff on a number of other vital projects. There is no job too large or small for Rusty.
Without Rusty, and over 300 other outstanding volunteers at River Raisin National Battlefield Park, the Battlefield could not have possibly provided the nearly 10,000 educational programs or achieved the high standards expected by the more than 202,000 visitors in 2016. In 2016, volunteers contributed over 20,300 hours at a value of over $433,000 of service at River Raisin National Battlefield Park.
Rusty’s selection as the George and Helen Hartzog Award recipient is the second time in less than 6 years that a River Raisin National Battlefield Park volunteer has received this honor, which reflects on the extraordinary efforts community volunteers contribute to the Battlefield. In 2014, William (Bill) Saul was the recipient of the George and Helen Hartzog Award.
Last updated: July 6, 2017