Aid to victims to be awarded

KINGMAN - Betty Munyon may not be the second coming of Jesus, but she's getting awarded for practicing what she preaches.

Munyon, who works with the Mohave County Attorney's Victim/Witness Program, will be a Golden Rule Award recipient on Saturday.

The award, granted by the Arizona Secretary of State Office and presented by the Western States Constitutionalist Alliance, is given to people in the community who do good for the community above and beyond the norm, said WSCA Chairman Val Starr.

Munyon moved to Kingman with her husband, Wayne, in 1990 to get out of what she described as the rat race of California when she retired.

Her three children and four grandchildren still live in California.

Munyon started out as a volunteer dispatcher with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office and eventually became a part-time employee. Two other dispatchers helped convince her to get involved with the Victim/Witness Program in 1998, and she hasn't looked back since.

"She's exceptional," Munyon's supervisor Rhonda Chastaine said.

"She would go out at any time and help any victim. She'll do whatever we ask," Chastain said.

The program uses crisis intervention, court advocacy and office volunteers to help people who are currently facing a crisis, whether it is a fire, robbery, car accident or domestic violence.

Volunteers can also spend two hours a day in the courthouse assisting any and all victims of cases in their assigned courtroom.

Interested individuals can contact Munyon at 718-4967 or stop by 325 Pine St. to pick up an application between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Munyon, who is now a county employee, said she was shocked to learn she was receiving the award. "Well, I just thought that nobody noticed."

Munyon was nominated for the award by a friend. From there, the nominations were pooled by the Alliance, a self-described non-profit, non-partisan, educational civic organization. Selected individuals were sent to the Arizona Secretary of State to review and choose winners.

Local winners of the award will be presented certificates at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon after the 2 p.m. Education Center dedication at 1604 S. Eloy in Golden Valley.

"I'm thrilled to death for her," Chastaine said. "She does deserve it."