After years of community service around the Rochester area, Timothy E. Crawford, Rochester resident and Nationwide insurance agent, was honored with a Jefferson National Award for Community service in June.
“It was a total surprise to receive the award,” Crawford said. “Hundreds of people were speaking about the phenomenal work they did for their communities. It’s an honor.”
The Jefferson Award is considered the “Nobel Prize” of public service. Crawford was one of two people chosen from over 250 submissions, according to a press release by Nationwide.
Created four years ago, the award is presented at local and national levels, according to Frank McIntosh, chief operating officer and managing director for the awards. With a tie to Thomas Jefferson, the goal of the awards is to get more people involved in community service by recognizing the good deeds of Americans helping others.
“Timothy is quite an extraordinary man,” McIntosh said. “He’s a hero. He doesn’t care about recognition. (He is a) great American who cares about fellow citizens.”
Crawford moved to Rochester 20 years ago from Westerville, Ohio to open up a Nationwide branch office in Michigan. Enjoying downtown’s charm and sense of community pride, he began participating in community service for downtown Rochester and throughout the area.