Cutler Bay residents honored for volunteering at Zoo Miami

Pictured are (l-r, front row) Commissioner Sally Heyman, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Kathy Medford, Ron Medford, Commissioner Joe Martinez, Mayor Carlos Gimenez; (back row) Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Commissioner Barbara Jordan, Commissioner Jean Monestime, Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Commissioner Rebeca Sosa.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, along with commission chair Joe A. Martinez, Mayor Carlos Gimenez and members of the county commission began their Thursday, Nov. 3, meeting with a special presentation recognizing Ron and Kathy Medford for their outstanding service and ongoing commitment to volunteerism at Zoo Miami.

Mr. and Mrs. Medford, retired residents of Cutler Bay, have volunteered more than 82,000 hours at Zoo Miami since 1997, never missing a day. They both have a passion for volunteering and a love for animals, and have managed to volunteer their time at Zoo Miami seven days a week beginning each day as early as 6 a.m., rain or shine.
The two have been married for nearly 50 years and have several animals of their own. Zoo spokesperson Ron Magill calls the Medfords “amazing.”

“Ron and Kathy Medford are an inspiration to many and they really embody the spirit of community and volunteerism,” Commissioner Moss said. “September 2010-11 was the highest annual attendance in Zoo Miami’s history and I believe we can thank the Medfords for their role in this great achievement.”

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