Jon Stewart recieves Pride of Safford Award

Brooke Curley Photo/Gila Valley Central: Jon Stewart recieves the Pride of Safford award (left), presented by Safford city Councilman Chris Taylor.

By Brooke Curley

SAFFORD- As a recognition within the community for his service, Jon Stewart received the Pride of Safford Award Thursday night.

Jon Stewart is an active member of the Lions Club International, and is a  member of the Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition. Every year, Sterwart and his wife give powerful performances in the coalition’s Alcohol Awareness Car Wreck skit. Also, Stewarts involvement in the Graham County Planning and Zoning Commission proved instrumental in the attaining of a zoning change for the local Halfway House. Annually, also Stewart aids the Project Luke program, working as a fund-raising “elf.”

Stewart told Gila Valley Central that he was humbled to receive the award, and wanted to stress the fact that he doesn’t do what he does in the hopes of winning recognition or awards.

“I’m really humbled, it’s an honor to have this. but again I don’t do this for recognition. I don’t do it for accolades and awards, I do it to help the community. I’m extremely honored. And It’s kind of a really cool award,” Stewart said. “I want to help the community and we have a lot of work to do in certain areas here.Volunteering is good, and anytime I can give back to the opportunity, I’m going to. I don’t know where I read it, but you’ve never truly lived until you’ve helped someone who can never truly repay you.”

Gila Valley Central covered the 2017 Substance Abuse Coalition mock DUI crash. To read the article,  click here.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Valley Central: Firefighters work on removing the vehicle’s hood for the 2017 mock DUI performance.