Building a Monument to First Responders

Oak Lawn Takes Home a Governor’s Hometown Award!

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At the Governor’s Mansion today, the amazing community effort it took to construct the Oak Lawn Rotary Club’s 9/11 First Responder Memorial was recognized with Oak Lawn being named the recipient of a 2012 Governor’s Hometown Award.  Communities across the state compete for this highly coveted honor, and they remarked today that in recent years they have never had so many applicants.

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A few months ago Oak Lawn Village Manager Larry Deetjen, Oak Lawn Police Commander Art Clark, Public Works Employee Gerald Chickerillo and Dr. Sandra Bury of the Oak Lawn Rotary Club went to Springfield to present the project. The judges were moved to tears at the story of the project and were very touched by what it means to the community.

Recently, the Governor’s Hometown Award Committee asked Oak Lawn to send a small group to make the trip to Springfield today for a reception at the Governor’s Mansion. Oak Lawn Village Clerk Jane Quinlan, Oak Lawn Village Manager Larry Deetjen, Oak Lawn Police Chief Bill Villanova and Oak Lawn Rotarian Dr. Sandra Bury attended.

The Oak Lawn Rotary Club’s 9/11 First Responder Memorial and the Village of Oak Lawn was recognized as a 2012 Recipient of the Governor’s Hometown Award in the special category of 9/11 Memorials.  The Monumental Team is thrilled and bursting with pride at this great recognition and honor.   The Governor’s Hometown Award signs will be placed prominently around town.

Congratulations Oak Lawn on this wonderful recognition and achievement!

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