1992 Honoree


The winner of this year’s Arthur Poole Memorial Award for community service is Leroy “Bronc” Callahan, who has been saying yes to volunteer opportunities for more than 40 years.

“I just can’t say no to people. They ask me to do it, and I just say “sure”, he said.

“I’ve loved this town since I came here in 1942, and since I married my wife here in 1946.”

Callahan, 65, was chosen by a committee of six residents on the basis of letters of recommendation, Ernest Fowler, chairman of the Arthur Poole Memorial Award Committee, said.

“We read every one of the letters…..then…. we go with a paper ballot to see who gets it,” he said.

The committee lauded Callahan for his many volunteer activities.
“The Lions Club, The Ambulance Association, The Fire Department, the 4H Club, the Historical Society … any time you call him, he goes,” Fowler said.

“And you can kid with him, joke with him, he’s a very nice guy<’ he added.

Callahan, who lives on Harmony Hill Road, has also worked as a Justice of the Peace, Town Constable, and served on the Harwinton Land Trust and Tax Review Board. He has also been chairman of the Republican Town Committee.

“You just get involved. I remember when I had only one night a week free,” Callahan said.

He has delivered Thanksgiving meals for the Salvation Army, supervised the cattle barn at the Harwinton Fair and coached basketball at what is now the Harbur Middle School.

“I hope I don’t slow my pace, I think it’s important to stay active,” Callahan said.

He still does volunteer work for the Lions Club, the Harwinton Ambulance Association, the Harwinton Fire Department, the 4H Club, the Harwinton Fair Association, and the Harwinton Land Trust.

In 1988, Callahan retired from an administration position at Northeast Utilities, but last year, he still won the company’s “Volunteer of the Year Award.”

Callahan will be awarded a plaque and $300 to be donated to the charities of his choice at the awards dinner.

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