Laguna Makes its Mark in Volunteerism

From (top to bottom): Legionnaires Tony Dallendorfer, Monique Daniel, Dave Connell and Ben Teschner.

Hundreds of police volunteers from all over Orange County, including 15 from the Laguna Beach Police Department, received a Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award on July 18 in Santa Ana.

“It’s my pleasure to work with a group of outstanding people that serve the community with pride,” said Ben Teschner, 81, who after 10 years as an unpaid reserve officer, now volunteers two eight-hour shifts weekly, one behind a desk and one on patrol. After growing up in Inglewood, he and wife Mary Lou retired to where Teschner’s family vacationed as a boy. He lived in Costa Rica and Nicaragua during 25 years as a Chevron marketing executive.

This award is presented to those having served over 4,000 hours or 10 years of volunteer police department service. Five of the Laguna honorees are also active members of the Laguna Beach American Legion Post.

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