On behalf of the City of Canyon Lake, Mayor Jordan Ehrenkranz presented a proclamation to the late Sparrow Greene during the Regular Meeting of the City Council on Wednesday. Sparrow’s husband, Councilman Larry Greene, accepted the proclamation on her behalf.
Holding back tears, Larry said, “She believed in God and the Lord guided her many times and helped her through her dedication profession, which was helping others. It’s not good bye, it’s still until the next time I see you.”
Sparrow devoted her life to helping others. She was employed as an emergency room nurse for 36 years at St. Jude Hospital where she received an Emergency Room Nurse of the Year award in the late 1990s.
In 2018, the County of Riverside Emergency Management Department presented Sparrow 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.
Her work over the years includes FEMA terrorism response training, working with Doctors Without Borders and a collaborative disaster response training with Ventura County.
A Canyon Lake resident since 1987, Sparrow contributed to the community as a member of the Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee and as a volunteer at many of Canyon Lake’s community events.
Sparrow and Councilman Greene were married for 30 years.