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TJ Durfey wins first Placer Title Central Coast ‘Everyday Hero’ nomination 

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–North County local TJ Durfey is recognized as a “Hometown Hero” by the Placer Title Central Coast Everyday Hero project. TJ was nominated for pitching in and shopping and taking of errands for Oak Shores Lake Nacimiento residents who have not been able to do their regular shopping. Many have underlying ailments and are over 65. He was nominated by his grandmother, Cathy.

TJ has been grocery shopping at several different markets, picking up prescriptions, making his way to Walmart, Lowes, even picking up medications for a dog at the veterinarian in Templeton and stopping at the Paso Robles Post Office to pick up mail. The round trip is roughly 56 miles and he has been doing this all for free!

A Hometown kid from Paso Robles who graduated last year with a baseball scholarship and had been working as a baseball coach for Templeton High School. When everything closed down, TJ put his energy to work for others.

“He is a gem and has a heart of gold and we would like to honor him with a gift certificate for $50 to his favorite bait and tackle shop here in Paso Robles,” said Julie Opheim, Sales Manager with Placer Title. 

Nominate an ‘Everyday Hero’

Each week Placer Title Central coast will be collecting submissions for your favorite Everyday Hero. Each Friday the winner is announced on the Placer Title Facebook page. The winner receives a gift certificate to a local business of their choice.

Nominations can be made by sending an email to Julie Opheim at or post the nomination on the Placer Title Facebook page. 

“There are some out there who are going way above and beyond. The grocery store worker who hasn’t missed a shift and is filling in for coworkers who don’t have child care. The restaurant workers who are delivering to the homes of the elderly. The sewing lovers who started making cloth masks early on and gave them out for free. There are many stories out there and we want to hear them,” said Opheim.

Placer Title Company is a full-service title and escrow operation, serving Northern and Central California from nearly 50 branch locations in 20 counties. We are proud to be one of the largest independent title agencies in the West and are licensed to do business in all 58 California counties.


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About the author: Reporter Jackie Iddings

Jackie Iddings is a contributing reporter and photographer for the Paso Robles Daily News.