WARRENSBURG Town supervisor Kevin Geraghty has been named Citizen of the Year by the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce — but it’s not due to his accomplishments leading municipal government in one role or another since 1980.
Chamber officials said April 8 that Geraghty was accorded the honor because of his many years as a decision-maker in the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. which conducts many charitable activities — as well as Geraghty’s dedication to scorekeeping at local and regional basketball games for about 40 years.
Geraghty's award will be presented at a Chamber banquet set for Thursday May 23 at Lizzie Keays Restaurant on River St. in Warrensburg.
Fire Co. contributes to community
Through recent decades, the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. has provided vital funding for the Warrensburg High School Band and other local school groups, sponsored local sports teams, and bankrolled various community groups’ projects as well as underwriting work on Richards Library.
The fire company also holds various cherished community events, including the community Thanksgiving dinner and the annual Smoke Eaters’ Jamboree, the premier annual carnival in northern Warren County.
Geraghty joined fire company in August 1970 when he was 21 years old, the minimum age at that time.
He was first named president in 1980, and he’s been serving in that post ever since, except for a two-year hiatus in the mid-1980s. He’s also served as secretary-treasurer of the Warrensburg Fire District since 1973.
“Fire service is a passion of mine,” Geraghty said.
Geraghty started off his volunteer work with the Jamboree in 1970 cooking french fries in a food booth, but within several years moved into organizational roles.
The weekend-long carnival event is the primary fundraiser for the fire company’s various substantial charitable efforts.
“It’s the one organization that I’ve really latched onto,” he said this week, deferring credit to others in the fire company who have also been involved in charity outreach. Geraghty noted that in running the Jamboree, he learned the ropes from Cal Engle, Dick Griffin, Buck Stone, George Sprague Jr. and Jim Monroe.