The Volunteer of the year for 1998 is Larry Brady. Lawrence (Larry) Brady after retiring as a First Sergeant from the U. S. Army after 28 years joined the Retired Seniors Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) in 1995. During Larry’s ten years tenure with the RSVP North Eastern Division he served in all positions rising to the position of Administrator.
When Larry Brady is not working for RSVP he plays McGruff the Crime-Fighting Dog at Mira Mesa schools and other civic events such as the 4th of July Parade. He has helped out the MMTC by providing his video equipment and training for special events such as the Volunteer of the Year Dinner. Brady lived in Mira Mesa with his family since 1972. His wife Thelma works at the Neighborhood House. They have five children aged 35-40, nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Larry has seen his share of duty — retired from the Army and Sears, he now gives a great deal of time to the police storefront.
Larry is the Assistant Administrator of the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol and volunteers 30+ hours weekly. He is a member, Police Captain’s Advisory Board; member, Captain’s Committee, Neighborhood Watch; volunteer, I Love Mira Mesa Day; volunteer, Halloween Carnival; volunteer, Earth Day, Balboa Park; volunteer, bike patrol Balboa Park R.S.V.P.; and volunteer, Christmas on the Prado. Larry volunteers his time on the following programs: commercial security checks, Mira Mesa businesses; Danger Stranger talks at elementary schools; Telemarketing Fraud seminars for seniors; Personal Safety talks for seniors; and A.S.K., Adults for the Safety of Kids volunteer school patrols program. Larry is a members of V.F.W.; Prince Hall Masonics; the 11th Airborne Division Chapter; and the Retired Army Council Captains Advisory Board. Through all of Larry’s volunteer efforts he often donates more than 40+ hours weekly to his community.