First Selectman Beth Heller, with a brief ceremony at the gazebo, bestowed the 2020 Youth Award on Alexander (AJ) Pocwierz , with Youth Services Director Nancy Pfund and his family in attendance. Typically, the Youth Award is part of the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea in April, which had to be canceled this spring due to the pandemic.
“Obviously, A.J. is a standout who is not only a hard worker, but is also known for his pleasant and willing personality,” wrote Youth Services Director Nancy Pfund in a press release.
A part of the Junior Firefighters, AJ has volunteered countless hours for the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department. “He has been a willing participant through major storms in the emergency operations center, and has proven his value as a crucial member of the family of devoted firefighters.” His father, Ted Pocwierz, is the assistant fire chief.
In addition to the fire department, AJ also volunteered for Special Olympics. He and his father also were active with Boy Scout Troop 63. AJ built seven wood footbridges as part of his Eagle Scout project, for which the town is very appreciative, said First Selectman Beth Heller in her speech.
The recent Amity grad plans to attend West Virginia University in the fall.
- AJ with his family, from left, brother Dean, Mom Stacey, Dad Ted, and sisters Victoria and Kimberly
- First Selectman Beth Heller (second from left) and Youth Services Director Nancy Pfund present a plaque to AJ Pocwierz, with Scott Zimmerman of Peoples United Bank (left) looking on