Dominic D. Durden was born on January 22nd, 1982 in Germany. At the age of 10, he and his family moved to the US where they planted roots in
Moreno Valley California. He was the kind of person that was an exemplary friend; always there when you needed someone, and a person who even if you just met, had a feeling as if you were the best of friends for years. Dominic was very active in the community volunteering for local Fire stations where he participated in drills, performed administrative duties, and went on emergency calls with the Fire Department. In addition to this, Dominic also volunteered at the local TV station, MVTV-3 where he eventually was hired to a part time position. Dominic has been recognized on numerous occasions for his work in the community receiving 87 letters of recommendations along with 111 school and work award certificates; some of which were awarded to him by former President Bill Clinton and Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbra Boxer. In 2002 he also received Volunteer of the Year Award for over 1000 hours of community service in Moreno Valley.
In 2006, Dominic became a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Riverside Sheriff’s Department. He had a calming presence and could calm the most frantic caller to the Riverside County Sheriff’s dispatch center. Deputies felt in good hands whenever Dominic was working and he had a special call sign that he used when he started his shift to let the deputies know that he was looking out for them. As much as Dominic loved being a dispatcher, his ultimate goal was to become a helicopter pilot for the Police Department which was driven by his passion for Law Enforcement.
On the morning of July 12th, 2012 while on his way to work, Dominic was killed by a reckless and unlicensed driver. Because of his work in the community, Dominic was honored posthumously with the Mayoral Proclamation recognizing his service to the city of Moreno Valley on December 18th, 2012.
In 2013 his mother accepted the Presidential award from CPRA (California Public Safety Radio Association) and in addition to this, Riverside Sherriff’s Department created the Dominic Durden Top 911 Dispatcher Award that will be handed out every year.