Mario Restivo Testimonial
April 27, 2023
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this recommendation letter for Kenneth “Red” and Sonja Jensen in reference for consideration of your homes for heros program.
My name is Mario Restivo and I’m a former New York State Police Captain and longtime community member of the Town of Rosendale.
I have known both Sonja and Red for almost 30 years.
I want to briefly describe to you why I feel that Sonja and Red, in the years prior to his passing, are deserving of being recognized.
Red as you are aware, was a valued 21-year Army reservist and that is just one way he has given back to the people of the United States.
Locally, Red was a leader, mentor and the kindest soul you would have ever known.
Red helped the local Eagle scout program on numerous projects and mentored youth while balancing a full-time job and family life.
Red could be counted on to lend a helping hand to anyone in the community.
I have personally seen Red cut trees, repair machinery, plow snow for the elderly and less fortunate of our community.
I know that he had volunteered countless hours at the local church and multiple volunteer fire houses to make repairs to their aging buildings, equipment and grounds.
Red has even helped me when I had no one to turn to when I needed advice and a lending hand around my home.
This sense of community service did not stop with Red; Sonja was just the same.
I met Sonja 30 years ago as a young aspiring Police Officer.
Sonja worked at the local Police department as a dispatcher.
She helped numerous recruits throughout the years learn the valuable job of dispatching and how to become a community policeman.
Sonja’s generosity with her time did not stop there.
She volunteered at the local church teaching Sunday school and sang in the choir.
Often, you would see Sonja lending guidance to all those she met.
She used her kind, thoughtful heart and wisdom to make the people and community around her better.
In conclusion, I cannot think of a more deserving family than the Jensen family.
Red, during his time as an Army reservist stepped up and protected the values and freedoms that our country was founded on.
In Red’s civilian life, he continued to help others, never asking for anything in return.
Both Sonja and Red, worked locally to make sure that the people in their community were always cared for.
Now is the time for them to be helped.
I write this letter of recommendation for Red and Sonja in hopes that the Home for Heros foundation will recognize and contribute to the repairs on their aging home.