The City of Santa Monica Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is saddened to share the death of Dennis Payne, one of Santa Monica’s Community Emergency Response Team’s (CERT) most dedicated and loyal CERT volunteers. Dennis valiantly battled cancer for several years.
He started his Santa Monica CERT career as part of Class #2. He was instrumental in improving Santa Monica’s HAM Radio program. He helped identify and purchase radio equipment for the Santa Monica Public Safety Facility, recruited many new HAM members during CERT training courses, and put together the first CERT/DCS Field Exercise in November last year. Dennis represented CERT/HAM at the Santa Monica Organizations Active in Disasters group and was a Map Your Neighborhood trainer, helping several Santa Monica neighborhoods to become better prepared.
Dennis is remembered for sharing his knowledge about earthquakes during the Map Your Neighborhood program and for giving direction to Santa Monica’s HAM radio operators during November’s drill.
Santa Monica OEM will greatly miss Dennis and his kindness, teaching skills, and love of all things important for disaster preparedness. We are so grateful for his service in making Santa Monica a more prepared place.
If you would like to make a donation in Dennis’ memory, suggestions are below. Dennis would also want us to strongly encourage everyone to attend the HAM
All of these organizations were important to Dennis: First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405; HAM Radio Emergency Communications (make check out to LAEMCOMM, send c/o David Goldenberg, 22726 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills CA 91364); and Mesothelioma Cancer Research by the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, (www.phlbi.org/get-involved/donate/). Follow links to donate and mention Dennis in the optional note section.
By Lindsay Call