(From Middlebury College News)
Middlebury College president Laurie Patton recently presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards for outstanding community service to State Representative Betty A. Nuovo (D-Middlebury) and posthumously to David M. Sears, the Cornwall public servant and voice of Middlebury College athletic teams.
The presentations were made at a dinner for the current and past recipients of the award on October 5, 2016, at the President’s House at 3 South Street, Middlebury. The award honoring the late David Sears was presented to his wife, Susan, and daughters Megan and Alexandra.
David M. Sears, a lifelong resident of Cornwall, passed away suddenly in July 2015 after a medical episode. His absence stunned the region since Sears was a fixture in the Cornwall Fire Department and Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association, and at community gatherings, athletic events, and local eateries. Lovingly called “the voice” for his resonant baritone, Sears was the public address announcer for the college’s men’s ice hockey team and women’s field hockey and lacrosse teams. He also was the radio announcer for the Middlebury Union High School varsity football team and other teams.
A 35-year member of the Cornwall Fire Department who rose to the rank of captain, the 1977 MUHS graduate was selfless in his service to others. He was a member of the Cornwall Selectboard and was in the middle of his second three-year term on the board when he died. In addition to his community service, President Patton honored him for his “copious enthusiasm, devotion, and energy” for his wife and two daughters, who attended the dinner and accepted the Citizen’s Award on his behalf.
All recipients of the Citizen’s Award receive a pewter medallion struck at Danforth Pewterers of Middlebury.
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