SPRINGFIELD — Springfield will honor 10 new community volunteers with induction onto its volunteer memorial wall July 4. This is the 24th year that 10 community volunteers, nominated by their local organizations, have been honored.
This year's inductees are: Kelly Sweeney, of the Springfield Ambulance Corps, Clarence Hill, Athletic Association, Robert Tracey, Springfield Fire Co., Frank Udicious, Springfield Lions Club, Keith Black from the school district, Edward R. Porter of the Zoning Hearing Board, Carole McManus of the G.F.W.C. Jr. Womens Club, Sal Scarpato of the Youth Club William Lewis of the American Legion Post #227 and Sharon O’Hara of Girls Scouts, Eastern PA.
The memorial was created in 1996 as the Springfield Volunteer Memorial Fund, a non-profit with the mission statement: “To promote community service through the recognition of exemplary volunteers.”
“Township organizations nominate a volunteer for their distinguished service of more than 10 years as a member of a community organization,” said Bob Sinkinson. “We also honor other volunteers who are brought to our attention by churches or other agencies."
“Each day the quality of life in our community is enhanced tremendously by all those who volunteer their time and efforts as members of a Springfield community service organization and it is important that we continue to foster this spirit of volunteerism,” co-founder Tom Citro told Patch in a 2012 interview. Citro was named to the wall in 2005.
Among the more than 200 honorees are John “Jack” Toner, who was honored the first year. Toner was involved in numerous township organizations and was the inspiration for the wall. In 2018 Matthew LeTourneau, who volunteered for over 20 years with the Springfield Fire Co., was honored. LeTourneau was a career firefighter in Philadelphia where he died in the line of duty in early 2018.
As the list of honorees have grown a second wall was added with the aid of community fundraising.
The wall of honor is located at Volunteer Memorial Park at Powell Road and Saxer Avenue, across from the fire station. The program begins at 8:15 a.m.
Awardees are selected in April. Contributions may be mailed to the Springfield Volunteer Memorial Fund, Inc. 217 Saxer Ave., Springfield, PA 19064.