Brookfield names Citizens of the Year

BROOKFIELD — For their community involvement and years of contributing to the township, the late Eugene Lester Ledbetter and Myrdis Thomas Ledbetter were named the 2019 Citizens of the Year by Brookfield Township trustees.

The presentation was made this weekend at the annual Summerfest hosted by Brookfield United Methodist Church.

Trustee Ron Haun said good citizens show compassion for the welfare of others and courage in doing things that are challenging and unpopular at times; that’s what makes a community great.

“The key attributes of a good citizen are honesty, trustworthiness, responsibilities, compassion and courage. The Ledbetters represented their community in a positive manner and exemplify all these qualities. They were good citizens whose accomplishments are commendable,” Haun said.

Eugene Ledbetter was a lifelong resident of the township and was a member of the high school football team in the early 1940s. He served as a sergeant in the Army, was a Mason and worked at Sharon Steel. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Farrell, Pa.

Trustee Chairman Gary Lees said Myrdis Ledbetter was a leader in the community and was active in the band boosters when her children were in school. Ledbetter was president of the Masury Brookfield Women’s Club and was an organist who provided music to area churches.

“They have been leaders in the community,” he said.

Toni-jean Ledbetter Glover, who accepted the award for her parents, said they were “always excited to have Brookfield as their home.”

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