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July 27, 2011      

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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Memorial Award to Honor Outstanding Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the first ever Colleen Genadry Memorial Award will be presented on Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 6:30pm at the Dutchess County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) membership meeting at the Emergency Response Center located at 392 Creek Road in Poughkeepsie.

“Dutchess County is blessed with dedicated volunteers who provide a solid foundation which helps support our entire community,” said County Executive Steinhaus.  “This award will be given in memory of one of those many dedicated volunteers, Colleen Genadry, whose dedication has left a positive, lasting impact.” 

The award is being presented posthumously to Colleen Genadry is recognition of her contributions to the MRC unit.    Ms. Genardy joined the MRC in 2004, volunteering twice a week with office tasks including data entry, maintenance of member files, answering volunteer questions and scheduling work.    With more than three hundred volunteers serving in the Dutchess County MRC, Ms. Genardy was instrumental in assisting with keeping administrative processes running smoothly.   Ms. Genardy died in January, 2011 in a car accident.

The award will be accepted by her husband, Alfred Genadry and her son Michael, at Thursday’s presentation.   County Executive Steinhaus will present the award.  Future awards will be given in Mrs. Genardy’s honor to an MRC volunteer who exemplifies her spirit and passion for volunteerism in the MRC.

Dutchess County Emergency Response Coordinator Dana Smith said, “This award celebrates Colleen’s contributions to the MRC.    We wanted to remember her passion and dedication and hope to inspire others to share her spirit of volunteerism.”

The Dutchess County Medical Reserve Corps is a team of volunteers who have been trained to assist existing medical response organizations and professionals to respond to a large-scale disaster of any kind.   Dutchess County’s MRC is a model program, recognized across the state and the nation for best practices. There are currently more than three hundred volunteers registered.  Volunteers have been activated for a variety of events including overnight shelter operations for the Twin Peaks snow storms in February 2010. MRC volunteers also provided over 1100 hours of expertise and service for Dutchess County’s H1N1 pandemic response of mass vaccination and high priority group vaccination clinics in 2009-2010, saving Dutchess County over $40,000 in staffing and other costs.

For more information about the Dutchess County Medical Reserves Corps, visit

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