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2016 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Houston Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright, Rickie Bradshaw and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – Rickie Bradshaw of Houston, Texas was presented the Nancy Hees Award during the Governor's 2016 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin.

"The unwavering dedication of these volunteers to help others succeed is truly inspiring," said Livingston. "The impact of their efforts will be felt across the state of Texas for many years to come."

"Volunteering is not a choice for the men and women being recognized today," said Wainwright. "They see it as a responsibility and for that we're thankful."

The award is named in recognition of Nancy Hees who passed away in February 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. Nancy, a TDCJ employee at the time of her death, worked in the Parole Division admirably for more than 14 years. Her dynamic character and devotion to helping others positively influenced the lives of many parolees and their families. Her heartfelt compassion and generosity built a bridge of communication between parolees and the agency's administration and established the Division's Ombudsman's Office as a reliable information resource for offender families.

Mr. Bradshaw says he became involved in the ministry because his family was impacted by the incarceration of a sibling. As a pastor, he saw first-hand the effect that incarceration can have on an entire family. He also pastored to a congregation where one-third of its members had a relative serving time. It motivated him to take action and become a TDCJ volunteer.

When not volunteering, Mr. Bradshaw likes to play basketball and spend time in his garden. He also loves to travel and study new places.

Mr. Bradshaw is one of 15 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2015, there were over 22,000 volunteers who provided a total of 262,442 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark, TDCJ Public Information Director, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jason.clark@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.texas.gov.