Wednesday Jul 08 2009
Teen donates more than 1,111 hours
By: Kristine Guerra, Special to The Placer Herald
For someone who has done a lot for the community, Brandon Hill of Rocklin has only a few words to say. “I enjoyed doing it,” said 19-year-old Hill, who’s been doing community service activities since he was in the eighth-grade. Throughout his four years at Whitney High School, Hill has clocked 1,111 and a half community service hours, which is more than double of what many of his classmates did. “I think he’s very giving of himself and his time,” said Lori Hill, Brandon’s mother. “He’s always wanted to serve people. He’s always been that way.” Lori Hill said her son has always wanted to be in law enforcement. “He was probably 3 years old when he’d be in a car and he’d say ‘Mommy, I wanna be in a car with lights on top!’” Lori Hill said. At age 14, he joined the Roseville Police Explorers where he assists the Roseville Police Department in directing traffic, DUI checkpoints, and the like. Most of Hill’s community service activities were done through the Roseville Police Explorers. “It’s just a good chance to give back to the community,” Brandon Hill said. “It kind of helps me prepare for the police academy.” Brandon Hill said he hopes to join the U.S. Coast Guard. He has participated in explorer competitions in Arizona and Nevada County and has gone on construction projects to Mexico with his church, Bayside Church in Granite Bay, over the last three years. “One of the best memories I have was the first year I went to Mexico and we built a house for a family,” Brandon Hill said. This year, they went to Fresno and spent a week doing community service activities. He is also part of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Whitney High School, where he gained a community service award.