DUARTE CA, February 27, 2019 - The San Gabriel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce presented longtime Juvenile Probation Officer, Deputy Raymond Abernathy with its prestigious “Community Hero Award” at its annual awards breakfast on February 21st. Abernathy has worked for the LA County Probation Department for nearly 18 years and has also been an integral part of the Duarte Public Safety Office for the past five years. "It is easier to build strong children, then to repair broken men," said Abernathy as he received his award. Many officials from the City of Duarte were present to congratulate Abernathy on his outstanding achievement and thank him for his dedication and passion towards the community including Mayor Paras-Caracci,
In his role as a probation officer, Abernathy has served as a mentor and role model to some of the community’s most vulnerable, at-risk students in grades 1st through 8th. His focus is on providing excellent prevention and intervention services in the Duarte Unified School District and adjacent Los Angeles County community areas. Specifically, he serves minors in our community under two, State of California grant funded programs for "Gang Reduction & Intervention" and the City’s most recent award, the "Violence Intervention and Prevention” grant.
To keep minors out of the probation system and prevent juvenile arrests, Ray carries a heavy caseload and never waivers in his commitment to provide the assistance and guidance that a student and their family may need at different points in life. Abernathy's transferable warmth, trustworthiness and outgoing personality has de-stigmatized what was once seen as a program for "bad kids" and transformed it into a popular, meaningful effort that turns kids' lives around. In fact, Mr. Abernathy has always gone above and beyond what is expected of him in the performance of his assigned duties and consistently focuses on serving as an advocate for minors and their families. The City of Duarte congratulates Deputy Abernathy on his award.