Sparrow Greene recognized for community service


The County of Riverside Emergency Management Department presented Canyon Lake resident Sparrow Greene, RN,  with the Community Service Award for her 10 years of leadership in the Riverside County Medical Reserve Corps and her community work to increase emergency preparedness efforts.

“This is a validation of my years of volunteer work,” said Sparrow. “It came as an unexpected but welcome surprise.”

Her work over the years includes FEMA terrorism response training, working with Doctors Without Borders and a collaborative disaster response training with Ventura County. Later this month she will be attending a state-wide Medical Reserve Corps workshop in Sacramento, California.

“Part of why I volunteer is to be able to bring the information back to Canyon Lake and its Emergency Preparedness Committee,” said Sparrow.

Sparrow currently serves as the secretary and the director of casualty collection point on the Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee. She has served on the committee since 2017.

Sparrow was certified this year by the American College of Surgeons, committee of trauma, to teach bleeding control. She is available to teach classes at no charge to those interested.

Sparrow, along with her husband Canyon Lake Mayor Pro Tem and Emergency Preparedness Committee President Larry Greene, will be participating in the Canyon Lake City-Wide Disaster Response Drill on May 12. Sparrow will be stationed at East Port Park to receive victims.