SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Residents from all over western Mass. came out to honor an unsung hero from Springfield Friday night.
More than 50 people came to Chez Josef in Agawam to pay tribute to Charles Youmans for his 30 years of dedication and contribution to the community.
Some know Youmans as a Springfield Police Officer, others as a sensei or mentor, but he told 22news he was just honored to help others.
“I’m glad that everyone’s happy, and the fact I had the opportunity to help them do something positive. To bring something to them and put a smile on their face, change their life around, make something happen. I think that’s great, but that’s why we’re all here anyway,” said Youmans.
When asked about his future plans, Youmans told 22News that this is just the start for him. He strives to remain active in the community for years to come.