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  •  John Robert Kendall 

    1/18/1928 - 6/5/2015

    john_kendallJohn Robert Kendall died peacefully and surrounded by family on Friday, June 5, 2015. He was 87 years old. John was a long-time Pasadena Police Department volunteer with the Citizens Assisting Police Program. John wanted to join the police department after completing his naval service in the early 1950s, but after slowly moving up the eligibility list, he focused instead on supporting his family through other work. He kept close connections to the Pasadena Police Department through his constant companion, his police radio scanner.

    When his daughter, Shar Stafford, joined the CAPP program, she encouraged him to participate and he became a volunteer in 2005. John was a fixture at weekly Citizen Police Academy classes, serving food (and enjoying some of it too!) and encouraging others to join the volunteer program. For several years he had a full time schedule as he patrolled twice per week with his partner Tom Pico, as they wrote handicap violation tickets, and even helped facilitate the arrest of a suspect involved in a car burglary. John spent the remaining three days at the front desk, ready to greet citizens with a cheerful smile. The officers and department staff also looked forward to the pan dulce and donuts that he’d bring each week. John helped at the mobile command post for every UCLA game at the Rose Bowl, and enjoyed chatting with the public and fostering positive connections between the community and the police. He took pride in serving any request made of him, from 5:00am calls to set up officer driving tests to volunteer call-outs day or night. During the holiday season, John was the resident Santa Claus, donning the big red suit and hearing wishes of local kids in the department lobby, and then traveling the city delivering gifts to children and families in need. As his health issues progressed and he was unable to go on patrol, he continued his service at the Community Curbside Chats, talking with citizens and staffing the mobile command post.

    John was a dedicated volunteer for 10 years, and in that time logged over 7500 hours. He received a departmental commendation in 2014 and the Casey Jones Volunteer Service Award in (2008). His legacy of citizenship will live on as his family continues to be of service to the department; John’s daughters Shar and Laura Kendall, and granddaughter Kristin Vigil are CAPP volunteers, and his grandson Justin Kendall is a general volunteer.

    John Kendall 049John’s spirit of service and dedication to the department is unmatched; he touched the lives of each person who had the pleasure of meeting and working with him. The love and appreciation for John and his family was evident in the visits from Chief Sanchez and the nearly 90 officers and department staff who visited John’s bedside. He will be missed beyond measure.
  • Donald Zimmerman Tribute

    Donald Zimmerman 

     The members of the Pasadena Police Department would like to extend our condolences to the family of Volunteer Don Zimmerman who recently passed away at the young age of 99. As a 26 year member of the Volunteer Mounted unit Don has proven to be an exemplary volunteer for the City of Pasadena, contributing to the welfare of the community in a unique way for many years. 
    In 1985, the Pasadena Police Department recognized the need to have passive patrol in the more remote areas of the city including the Arroyo Seco. The Pasadena Police Department wanted to have “eyes and ears” coverage in areas not routinely visited by patrol units. They decided to take advantage of the equestrians that rode through the area on a daily basis. Don didn’t hesitate to offer his services. Originally set up as a Level III Reserve Police Officer program, the position required POST mandated training including a PC 832 course, firearms training and First Aid/CPR certification. Additional training requirements included three ride alongs in patrol car and a helicopter ride. Don breezed through the training. Of course he was younger then; he was only 72.

    Over the years Don has kept watch over the Arroyo Seco Park an average of three mornings a week. During that time he has cleaned up transient camps, kept a watchful eye for fire risks, broke up beer parties, reminded dog owners of the leash law (even to the point of handing out home-made leashes,) helped lost people and shared of the history of the Arroyo to anyone who wanted to know. He has made many friends. His constant presence not only brought smiles to the faces of those he contacted but created a sense of security and safety.  

    Twice during his career with the Volunteer Mounted Unit Don had to keep calm and use his skills to get emergency services to injured riders. In 2001, a fellow Volunteer Mounted Unit member was seriously injured when her horse fell off the trail. Don radioed for help, saw to the welfare of the rider until the ambulance arrived, and then made sure her horse got back to the barn and vetted. It was clear that he put his responsibilities as a volunteer above his own personal needs. 
    Don was and will remain a shining example of volunteerism and a positive reflection of the City of Pasadena and its Police Department. He promoted the concept of volunteer community outreach and put a friendly face behind the badge. The good will and positive public relations he represented cannot be translated into numbers but he is the definitive model of an equestrian, a mentor, a friend, a historian, and a law enforcement representative. 



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