Six Carney Award recipients honored for service to their community

The award is named for William H. Carney, the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Recognition Thursday night for six people who’ve dedicated themselves to helping others in Springfield.

The William H. Carney award is given to individuals who’ve gone “above and beyond the call of duty” in their efforts to improve the community where they work and live.

The Carney Award is named for William H. Carney, the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award. The Medal of Honor was bestowed upon William Carney for his valor during the Civil War.

Thursday night’s honors were presented by Stone Soul’s Living History unit, the Peter Brace Brigade.

Richard Johnson of the New North Citizens Council is one of this year’s Carney recipients.

“It’s a great honor to receive this award, primarily because it’s from a grass roots organization that really has an appreciation for the endeavors that folks take on throughout the community to help others,” Johnson told 22News.

More than one hundred people attended the presentation ceremony in Springfield.

The Honorees are:

  • Patricia Moore, the founder of Women in Recovery;
  • Karen Tyler Moore, Human Services Coordinator for the Department of Mental Health;
  • Janis Santos, The Executive Director for HCS Head Start;
  • Daniel Warwick, Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools;
  • Karen Kennedy, Center Director at Westover Job Corps;
  • Richard Johnson, Program Director for the New North Citizens Council

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