Sometimes a citizen of the year is the obvious choice. He or she volunteers at every turn. He or she serves and works on countless committees, task forces and blue-ribbon panel that comes along.
Other times, though, the citizen of the year is someone who comes out of nowhere, who works out of the limelight with no expectation that anyone other than the recipient of his or her kindness will be appreciative or even knowledgeable about the good turn that has been done them.
Otis Agnew falls in the second category. His support of a fellow teacher at Forestville Road Elementary School in a battle with cancer was a spirit lifter, not only for the teacher whom he was supporting, but for those who jumped on the band wagon and found a way to give the gift of hope to their friend and co-worker.
In orchestrating that effort, Agnew not only lifted his friend, but proved his ability to lead by example.
Agnew’s quiet work doesn’t end with his colleague. He works each year to promote bicycle safety among youngsters. While bikes may not seem inherently dangerous to most of us, we should realize its the precursor to driving even bigger, more dangerous machines when those young people turn 16. If Agnew’s lessons now develop an awareness of the need for safety, then perhaps a life may be saved later on down the road.
Agnew, of course, does that work for nothing. He found a niche where he can serve his community effectively and he’s acted on it.
in doing so, Otis Agnew sets an example for the rest of us. We should all look for our niche and seek to fill it. Not because we could one day become a Citizen of the Year, but because every day, every year, that’s the attitude we should all share.