Troutdale woman honored by FBI
A Troutdale woman has been honored with the FBI 2015 Community Leadership Award. June Vining is the founder and executive director of the Trauma Intervention Program, which earned her the award.
Vining started volunteering with the local TIP chapter more than 20 years ago, with the hope the work would give her more insight into what her husband Greg Vining did as a police detective in Troutdale.
As she became more involved, she realized that survivors of trauma are often left without support once the first responders leave, according to a press release. TIP fills that gap dispatching trained volunteers to work with victims and families immediately following a traumatic event.
Recently, Vining started to bring teenagers into the TIP chapter, the first to do so in the nation.
These younger volunteers work with mentors to help support friends and families affected by teen suicides, fatal accidents and school shootings, according to a press release.
The local TIP chapter has now grown to the largest in the U.S., with more than 200 volunteers supporting the Portland-Vancouver area.
"June says that her volunteers are there to help people on what can be the worst day of their lives. When her own family suffered a tragedy, she turned that experience into more than two decades of dedicated service to thousands of others. It is a testament to both her personal strength and goodness of spirit," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon, in a press release. "She exemplifies the true spirit of leadership."
Vining was presented with her award Friday, April 15.