Michael Schatz - 2017 Honorable Mention!

Michael "Mike" Schautz is a native Oklahoman. Mike served our country proudly in the United States Marine Corp as a medic. Mike has always given back to his community. Mike has been a Fire Fighter and EMT for the City of Tonkawa, worked as an emergency room nurse and FEMA nurse. In 2016, Mike became a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate. Mike's dedication to abused and neglected children goes far beyond the expectations of the CASA program. Mike has advocated for 10 children in the past two years. Mike, has not been afraid to take on more difficult cases, and has put in over 10,000 miles in the last two years going to visit his "CASA Kids", advocating for appropriate educational needs, assisting foster families in getting needs met for the children. Mike has helped a single mother of 6 (two of her own and 4 adopted children) acquire an adequate home with plenty of space, gotten them a lawn mower and assisted in advocating for mentors for the children. Mike has continued to advocate for the best interest of the children even when it didn't match up with what other parties were presenting. Mike has been a true superhero to the children he has served.
In addition to being a CASA Advocate for CASA of Kay and Noble Counties, Mike has been a Red Cross volunteer for over 30 years, is active on the Tonkawa Alumni Association as well as an active part and founding member of a Volunteer Veteran's Group in Tonkawa which works to recognize local veterans.
Mike is deserving of the Helping Oklahoma award because he gives so much of himself without any recognition at all. Mike is a quiet man who often tries to go unnoticed. Mike's giving heart, willingness to serve others and desire to make the future better for others are qualities that make him such an outstanding volunteer.

This Year's Nominees

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Nominated by Shannon Rich
Nominated by Sharon Mocabee-Sisco
Nominated by Casey Shupe
Nominated by Kay Harsha
Nominated by Philip Wong
Nominated by Shane Fernandez
Nominated by Stephanie Giacomo
Nominated by Melissa Baldwin
Nominated by Caryl Parsons
Nominated by Tori Garrett
Nominated by Taprina Milburn
Nominated by Barbara Butner
Nominated by Dawn Byram
Nominated by Marcus McEntire
Nominated by Debby Hampton
Nominated by Ruben Reyes
Nominated by Pamela Ballard
Nominated by Cristi Twenter
Nominated by Mandi Mays
Nominated by Melissa York
Nominated by Laurie Tilley
Nominated by David Rackley