America Selects Virginia Resident Jeff Turner as One of the Nation's Top Hometown Heroes

Blackwater/Nottoway Riverkeeper, Jeff Turner, Reaches Finals of 6th Annual

Volvo for life Awards for Protecting Waterways and Educating River

Communities

Celebrity Judges Will Select and Unveil Top Four Winners March 19 at Volvo

for life Awards Ceremony in New York; One Hero Will Receive a Volvo Car for

Life



Jan 18, 2008, 00:00 ET from Volvo Cars of North America

    IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past nine weeks
 hundreds of thousands of members of the American public have been casting
 their votes online to decide the country's favorite hometown heroes in the
 6th Annual Volvo for life Awards (http://www.volvoforlifeawards.com). The
 polls are officially closed and Sedley's (Charles) Jeff Turner is among
 nine finalists for this prestigious award.
 
     The final decision now rests in the hands of a distinguished panel of
 celebrity judges who are experts on care, conscience and character -- Hank
 Aaron, Sen. Bill Bradley, Maya Lin, Dr. Sally Ride, Eunice Kennedy Shriver,
 Mae Jemison and Edsel Ford. The judges will now review Turner and eight
 other finalists' nominations to select the program's top three winners in
 the categories of Safety, Quality of Life and Environment and the Volvo for
 life Awards grand award winner.
 
     Turner, who patrols and protects the Blackwater and Nottoway Rivers as
 the World's only volunteer Riverkeeper, is one of three finalists being
 honored in the Volvo for life Awards environment category. Turner is
 guaranteed to receive $25,000 in charitable contributions from Volvo and if
 he's named the winner in his category, his award would be $100,000. If
 named grand award winner, he would receive the added bonus of a Volvo car
 for life.
 
     If Turner is selected as a category winner, Volvo will fly him and his
 fellow winners to New York to be honored at the world famous 42nd St.
 Cipriani's during the Volvo for life Awards ceremony on March 19, 2008. The
 program's grand award winner will also be announced that evening.
 
     "Being selected as a finalist in the Volvo for life Awards hero program
 is something I thought would never happen to me," Turner said. "For one
 thing I've never won so much as a hamburger in my entire life. It is truly
 a great feeling though to know that so many people believe in what I have
 done and am doing to protect the Blackwater & Nottoway Rivers."
 
     More About Jeff Turner
 
     In 2000, Turner and his devoted dog, Moonpies, began a seven-year
 adventure exploring the Blackwater and Nottoway Virginia Rivers and
 protecting them from pollution. Turner, who is a paraplegic and paralyzed
 on the left side of his body, volunteers countless days patrolling the
 rivers and educating others about the importance of clean, wild waterways.
 
     Despite challenges presented by Turner's medical condition, he and
 Moonpies patrol the rivers alone looking for signs of pollution. But
 Turner's efforts don't stop on the rivers' shores. He speaks at schools,
 community centers and other locations, educating the community and
 recruiting members for the Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program (BNRP).
 Since Turner founded the BNRP in 2000, he has recruited 121 members, all
 from small communities along the rivers.
 
     Turner shares his passion and his river travels with others through his
 column in the Tidewater News and his BNRP blog, which has a faithful
 following in the river communities. Turner's love for nature has driven him
 to be the only designated Riverkeeper working on a voluntary basis in the
 world.
 
     About the Volvo for Life Awards
 
     Since 2002, Volvo Cars of North America has identified more than 18,000
 everyday heroes in its annual Volvo for life Awards
 (http://www.volvoforlifeawards.com) and has contributed millions of dollars
 to their causes. Three individuals are recognized annually in the award
 program's Safety, Quality of Life, Environment categories. Each winner in
 these categories receives a $100,000 contribution to the charity of his or
 her choice. The program's grand winner receives an added bonus of a Volvo
 car for life. The remaining six Safety, Quality of Life and Environment
 finalists receive donations of $25,000 to the charities of their choice.
 Additionally, the Butterfly Award is given to an exceptional child hero.
 Children who are no older than 16 as of October 15, 2007 are eligible to
 receive this award, which includes a $25,000 donation to a charity selected
 by the winning child hero and his or her family. The remaining Butterfly
 finalists each receive a $10,000 contribution. The award is in honor of
 Alexandra Scott, a Volvo for life Awards winner from Wynnewood, Pa. who,
 before passing away at age 8 from cancer, raised more than $1 million for
 pediatric cancer research through lemonade sales and other fundraising
 activities. Alex's parents select the winner from three finalists.
 
 
The other finalists in the 6th Annual Volvo for life Awards are: Safety: -- Marilyn Adams, 57 of Earlham, Iowa, founded Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and set out on a mission to promote safe farm environments across the country and eliminate farm-related child health hazards, injuries and fatalities. -- Ronald Dundon, 58 of Kalamazoo, Mich., founded the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) Fund of Kalamazoo County to help increase the chances of survival for future sudden cardiac arrest victims in underserved communities. -- Through his program "Driver's Edge," Las Vegas-native Jeff Payne, 40, teaches thousands of youth how to avoid vehicle accidents and drive safely. Quality of Life: -- John Dau, 35 of Syracuse, N.Y., has raised $700,000 to improve healthcare and literacy in southern Sudan. -- Matthew Sanford, 42 of Orono, Minn., founded Mind Body Solutions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revolutionizing the rehabilitation process. -- Darius Weems, 18 of Athens, Ga., works to raise money and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) research through "Darius Goes West," a documentary that chronicles his courageous journey across America. Environment: -- Lorraine Kerwood, 47 of Eugene, Ore., created an electronics recycling and distribution center, NextStep, which brings refurbished computers to disadvantaged communities. -- Zander Srodes, 17 of Cape Haze, Fla., has educated more than 5,000 students about sea turtle conservation through a series of educational presentations called "Turtle Talks" which he developed along with a children's activity book on the subject. Butterfly Award: -- Zach Bonner, 10 of Valrico, Fla., founded the Little Red Wagon Foundation, Inc., an organization that collects and donates backpacks filled with food and school items to disadvantaged children nationwide. -- Rocco Fiorentino, 11 of Voorhees, N.J., has been blind since birth and works with the Little Rock Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by his family to provide resources for children, parents, therapists, and educators who are facing issues related to blindness. -- Dallas Jessup, 16 of Vancouver, Wash., wrote and produced "Just Yell Fire," a film for women of all ages illustrating simple self-defense strategies to defend against an attack, kidnapping or sexual assault.

SOURCE Volvo Cars of North America
    IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past nine weeks
 hundreds of thousands of members of the American public have been casting
 their votes online to decide the country's favorite hometown heroes in the
 6th Annual Volvo for life Awards (http://www.volvoforlifeawards.com). The
 polls are officially closed and Sedley's (Charles) Jeff Turner is among
 nine finalists for this prestigious award.
 
     The final decision now rests in the hands of a distinguished panel of
 celebrity judges who are experts on care, conscience and character -- Hank
 Aaron, Sen. Bill Bradley, Maya Lin, Dr. Sally Ride, Eunice Kennedy Shriver,
 Mae Jemison and Edsel Ford. The judges will now review Turner and eight
 other finalists' nominations to select the program's top three winners in
 the categories of Safety, Quality of Life and Environment and the Volvo for
 life Awards grand award winner.
 
     Turner, who patrols and protects the Blackwater and Nottoway Rivers as
 the World's only volunteer Riverkeeper, is one of three finalists being
 honored in the Volvo for life Awards environment category. Turner is
 guaranteed to receive $25,000 in charitable contributions from Volvo and if
 he's named the winner in his category, his award would be $100,000. If
 named grand award winner, he would receive the added bonus of a Volvo car
 for life.
 
     If Turner is selected as a category winner, Volvo will fly him and his
 fellow winners to New York to be honored at the world famous 42nd St.
 Cipriani's during the Volvo for life Awards ceremony on March 19, 2008. The
 program's grand award winner will also be announced that evening.
 
     "Being selected as a finalist in the Volvo for life Awards hero program
 is something I thought would never happen to me," Turner said. "For one
 thing I've never won so much as a hamburger in my entire life. It is truly
 a great feeling though to know that so many people believe in what I have
 done and am doing to protect the Blackwater & Nottoway Rivers."
 
     More About Jeff Turner
 
     In 2000, Turner and his devoted dog, Moonpies, began a seven-year
 adventure exploring the Blackwater and Nottoway Virginia Rivers and
 protecting them from pollution. Turner, who is a paraplegic and paralyzed
 on the left side of his body, volunteers countless days patrolling the
 rivers and educating others about the importance of clean, wild waterways.
 
     Despite challenges presented by Turner's medical condition, he and
 Moonpies patrol the rivers alone looking for signs of pollution. But
 Turner's efforts don't stop on the rivers' shores. He speaks at schools,
 community centers and other locations, educating the community and
 recruiting members for the Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program (BNRP).
 Since Turner founded the BNRP in 2000, he has recruited 121 members, all
 from small communities along the rivers.
 
     Turner shares his passion and his river travels with others through his
 column in the Tidewater News and his BNRP blog, which has a faithful
 following in the river communities. Turner's love for nature has driven him
 to be the only designated Riverkeeper working on a voluntary basis in the
 world.
 
     About the Volvo for Life Awards
 
     Since 2002, Volvo Cars of North America has identified more than 18,000
 everyday heroes in its annual Volvo for life Awards
 (http://www.volvoforlifeawards.com) and has contributed millions of dollars
 to their causes. Three individuals are recognized annually in the award
 program's Safety, Quality of Life, Environment categories. Each winner in
 these categories receives a $100,000 contribution to the charity of his or
 her choice. The program's grand winner receives an added bonus of a Volvo
 car for life. The remaining six Safety, Quality of Life and Environment
 finalists receive donations of $25,000 to the charities of their choice.
 Additionally, the Butterfly Award is given to an exceptional child hero.
 Children who are no older than 16 as of October 15, 2007 are eligible to
 receive this award, which includes a $25,000 donation to a charity selected
 by the winning child hero and his or her family. The remaining Butterfly
 finalists each receive a $10,000 contribution. The award is in honor of
 Alexandra Scott, a Volvo for life Awards winner from Wynnewood, Pa. who,
 before passing away at age 8 from cancer, raised more than $1 million for
 pediatric cancer research through lemonade sales and other fundraising
 activities. Alex's parents select the winner from three finalists.
 
 
The other finalists in the 6th Annual Volvo for life Awards are: Safety: -- Marilyn Adams, 57 of Earlham, Iowa, founded Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and set out on a mission to promote safe farm environments across the country and eliminate farm-related child health hazards, injuries and fatalities. -- Ronald Dundon, 58 of Kalamazoo, Mich., founded the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) Fund of Kalamazoo County to help increase the chances of survival for future sudden cardiac arrest victims in underserved communities. -- Through his program "Driver's Edge," Las Vegas-native Jeff Payne, 40, teaches thousands of youth how to avoid vehicle accidents and drive safely. Quality of Life: -- John Dau, 35 of Syracuse, N.Y., has raised $700,000 to improve healthcare and literacy in southern Sudan. -- Matthew Sanford, 42 of Orono, Minn., founded Mind Body Solutions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revolutionizing the rehabilitation process. -- Darius Weems, 18 of Athens, Ga., works to raise money and awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) research through "Darius Goes West," a documentary that chronicles his courageous journey across America. Environment: -- Lorraine Kerwood, 47 of Eugene, Ore., created an electronics recycling and distribution center, NextStep, which brings refurbished computers to disadvantaged communities. -- Zander Srodes, 17 of Cape Haze, Fla., has educated more than 5,000 students about sea turtle conservation through a series of educational presentations called "Turtle Talks" which he developed along with a children's activity book on the subject. Butterfly Award: -- Zach Bonner, 10 of Valrico, Fla., founded the Little Red Wagon Foundation, Inc., an organization that collects and donates backpacks filled with food and school items to disadvantaged children nationwide. -- Rocco Fiorentino, 11 of Voorhees, N.J., has been blind since birth and works with the Little Rock Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by his family to provide resources for children, parents, therapists, and educators who are facing issues related to blindness. -- Dallas Jessup, 16 of Vancouver, Wash., wrote and produced "Just Yell Fire," a film for women of all ages illustrating simple self-defense strategies to defend against an attack, kidnapping or sexual assault. SOURCE Volvo Cars of North America