SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Fire Marshal Wayne Parson was honored and celebrated as the Sugar Grove 2014 Citizen of the Year during Corn Boil opening ceremonies on Friday.
Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels spoke about Parson’s reliability and work ethic during the opening ceremony of the Corn Boil. Michels also mentioned Parson’s loyalty to his job and ability to find solutions to problems.
“He’s always in his uniform,” Michels said. “He reviews plans for us. He does a world of good for the village. Wayne Parson is our fire marshal in Sugar Grove, and he is our Citizen of the Year. He has a great personality and is happy to help in any way he can. He doesn’t find problems; he finds solutions.”
Parson has worked for the Sugar Grove Fire Department for 42 years, and has called Sugar Grove home for the past 47 years. He is currently the Fire Department’s assistant chief, as well.
Parson has searched out ways to help others and dedicated his life to positively impacting other people his whole life. Sugar Grove Chamber President Steve Ekker was present at the ceremony and recanted a brief story about Parson.
“People tend to put an “s” at the end of Wayne’s last name,” Ekker said. “Wayne once told me, ‘Think of what it would be like if there were two of me!’ “I told Wayne, ‘We would be doubly blessed.’”
Over the course of Parson’s time in Sugar Grove, he has been involved with Sugar Grove baseball organizations, the Historical Society, the American Legion, the Lions Club, the Corn Boil, the Boy Scouts and many other groups.
Woodworking is a big hobby for Parson.
“I have a woodshop where I do a lot of woodworking in my free time,” Parson said. “I make shelves, cabinets and all kinds of things, including yard art for decorations and for Christmas.”
Parson helps with Corn Boil every year, too.
“Wayne helps me every year with the bike parade, along with the Fire Department,” said Karen McCannon, who is also known as Sugar Grove’s JoJo the Clown.
People from all over the community embraced Parson and congratulated him on being named the Citizen of the Year. He received many congratulations and kind words Friday night, and explained that he was honored to receive the award.
“It’s quite an honor,” Parson said. “If you look at the list of people who have won this award, it’s quite an elite group of people here in Sugar Grove.”