WEATHERSFIELD - The Weathersfield Township Community Leadership awards were presented recently to its first group of honorees.
The group includes four men who have contributed to the community through their work and volunteering.
Those honored were assistant fire Chief Ken Boring, William Rummell, Harlan Collier and Frank Wodogaza. They will have their names placed on a new marker at the main entrance of the township administration building. Rummell, Collier and Wodogaza were honored posthumously.
The marker was unveiled at the recent trustees meeting. Jeff MvElhaney of Inventine Sign and Design of Mineral Ridge worked on the sign.
Township trustee chairman Gil Blair said the award is the beginning of a new tradition for the township.
"The people we are recognizing are four amazing people. They have each made contributions to Weathersfield,'' Blair said.
He said the award will be given annually to people who, in the opinion of the trustees, have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the community.
Boring has served 48 years with the Fire Department as a captain, chief and assistant chief.
Rummell was a math teacher, baseball and basketball coach, principal and then superintendent for the Mineral Ridge School District from 1967 to 1988. He raised money and directed the building of a new high school in 1976, named in his honor. Rummell was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Mineral Ridge for 65 years.
Collier was a member of the Fire Department for more than 30 years, serving as assistant chief and then fire chief in 1982 of McKinley Heights Fire Department. He was a township zoning board member and a member of Niles First United Methodist Church. Collier also was U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a letter carrier for 34 years with the post office.
Wodogaza was a local businessman and Democratic precinct committee member. He was a truck driver, U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, member of Pleasant Valley Evangelical Church and was instrumental in getting water to the Heaton Chute area.
The Community Leadership Award received a $1,000 donation from the Friends of Mineral Ridge Organization for the award.