ATF Agent Named OC’s Big Brother Of The Year
COSTA MESA (CBSLA.com) — A busy ATF agent has been named Orange County’s Big Brother of the Year.
Larry Wozniak, a Redondo Beach resident, is very busy in his important day job but for the last eight-and-a-half years, he has never been too busy to be a big brother. All that while, he’s been a part of 17-year-old Geoffrey’s life.
KCAL9′s Rachel Kim reports their great relationship and friendship was sparked when the two were first paired by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Orange County.
“[We're] a great pair, a great match,” says Wozniak.
“He’s a father figure to me because I didn’t grow up with a father. It’s just me, my mom and my sister. So he’s basically the only father figure I’ve ever had,” says Geoffrey.
Wozniak said hjs line of work drove him to the Big Brothers program.
“Sometimes you see kids that stray for different reasons and I just want to try and have a positive influence and impact on at least one kid’s life,” said Wozniak.
Geoffrey told Kim that Wozniak was instrumental in providing a role model — he’s excited about going to Golden West College in a few months.
He also said Wozniak encouraged him to get involved in sports, excel in school and volunteer at food banks — to give back.
“He really taught me to not think just about myself but about the community,” says Geoffrey.
Wozniak’s dedication led the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County to name him their Big Brother of the Year.
“I never expected to get an award out of this. I’m really honored,” he said.
“I wasn’t surprised, he deserves it. I’m really happy for him,” said Wozniak’s little brother.
BBBSOC’s CEO told Kim that the group served over 2200 children last year and that all that effort is paying off.
“One hundred percent of our kids graduate from high school. And 85 percent of them enroll in college. And that’s something we’re most proud of,” said Melissa Beck, CEO of BBBSOC.
Geoffrey plans to study criminal justice when he attends college, course work that is also inspired by Wozniak’s job.
“Hopefully one day, I’ll be the one driving him around, taking him out places. He’s been a good big brother to me,” Geoffrey said.