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Steve Santos, fourth from left, holds his Galt Responsibility Award certificate outside the Galt City Council Chambers on Dec. 7. He is joined by members of the Galt Community of Character Coalition and, at left, Steve and Anne Butler, who nominated him.

The Galt Community of Character Coalition (GCCC) has awarded its 2021 Galt Responsibility Award to Steve Santos for helping his neighbors, including Steve and Anne Butler, who nominated him. The group presented the award at the Dec. 7 Galt City Council meeting.

Since 2007, GCCC has promoted six character traits — such as honesty, compassion and respect — chosen by Galt residents as key to a strong community, and it regularly honors people who exemplify the traits. In its call for nominations, GCCC said actions demonstrating responsibility include doing what you are supposed to do, always doing your best, and being accountable for your choices.

Following is the Butlers’ nomination as presented at Council:

My neighbor, Steve Santos, has taken on great personal responsibility by the way he cares for and takes care of me and my neighbors in Galt. We have lived here in Galt for 18 years. Steve has adopted not only us, but also everyone toward the end of our block. If someone needs a hand, he is there. In our case, we both have limitations. We both use walkers. We are unable to lift heavy objects. For the last two months, we were left without a car. Steve has mended our walkers. He moves our waste cans from the backyard to the front curb each week. He gave my wife rides to the supermarket to get food. For us, he is always a call away. For the other neighbors at the end of the block, he is always there to help. He also brings a sense of security to our neighborhood. There are endless items I have seen Steve undertake that justify this honor. Steve’s creed can be summed up with the following: Always do your best. Be accountable for your choices. This is what Steve Santos is about: Outstanding choices. Steve Santos is a true role model of Responsibility for our Galt community.