HONOREE WITH PARENTS—John B. Woodruff, awardee, with mother, Joy Woodruff, and father, Judge Dwayne Woodruff.
A powerful collection of personalities were assembled recently at the Champion Enterprises/Five Starr Corporation’s 12th Annual Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Public Service Awards held at the office facilities of the chief executive.
The lineup of speakers were: Allegheny County Executive Richard Fitzgerald opened the evening with a thunderous welcome, followed by state Rep. Ed Gainey; Aliquippa Mayor Dwan Walker; Wilkinsburg community leader, councilman candidate, Dennis Briggs; former Steelers Super Bowl champion Judge Dwayne Woodruff; former Pitt University football star and karate champion, Curtis Smith; along with national actress/model Rita Gregory and the Allure Models. Vietnam Veteran Marine Sgt. Jacquet Bazemore brought the house to its collective feet as the keynote speaker. Bazemore is also a hall of fame black belt martial artist.
Twenty of the area’s finest public servants were honored for their willingness to protect and serve all above and beyond the call of duty in memory of 9/11, including police, firemen, EMS, military and educators. The honorees were Denita Parrish, Rachera Jefferson, Austin Davis, Joe Luvara, Jacquet Basemore, Brother Yusef, Brother Malik Mohammad, Jelani Mohammad, Malaka Mohammad, Ralph Watson, Mark Tranquilli, Jerry Chiappinelli, Rashard Byrdsong, Koinonia Church of Pgh, Kevin Carter, John Woodruff, Tim Stevens, Jamie Holmes, Richard Venezia and the Wilkinsburg Police Department.