DOWNEY - Eugene "Gene" Dalugdug, a postal worker in Downey, was presented with the sixth Diakonia Award from Mayor Mario Guerra on Tuesday.Dalugdug refers to the residents on his route as "customers" and watches out for residents throughout the day when homes are empty. He has helped start five neighborhood watch groups in Downey. "He has done many small things with great love," Guerra said in a statement. "He helped capture daytime burglars last year by reporting suspicious activity in one our of Downey neighborhoods. He cares and it shows." Dalugdug has also started several bible study groups in Downey. He teaches the Purpose Driven Life series and is a member of Praise Chapel Church in Downey. A former Marine, he has eight children and two grandchildren. "Diakonia" means servant in Greek. To nominate a resident for the Diakonia Award, call the City Council office at (562) 904-7274.
********** Published: August 14, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 17