West Pierce employee honored today by the White House

Staff writerSeptember 24, 2013 

A West Pierce Fire & Rescue employee is being honored by the White House this morning for her work preparing communities for disasters in Pierce County.

Colleen Adler is among several “local heroes” who will be honored.

Adler, who has been with West Pierce for 21 years, has spent the last five years as the department’s emergency preparedness coordinator. Most of her work centers on the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which engages residents to pull together and help the community at large in case of an emergency.

Under Adler’s leadership, West Pierce has trained more than 400 CERT members, according to the White House.

The Champions of Change program was created so the White House can “feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.”

Each week, a group of people are invited to the White House to be honored for their work in various fields.

Watch Adler receive her award at 10:30 a.m. by visiting www.whitehouse.gov/live.

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