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Half-century of dedication

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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Brazil City Water Department Meter Technician Larry Saywer (holding plaque) shakes Common Council of the City of Brazil member Bill Lovett's hand Monday afternoon in the Council Chambers of City Hall during a ceremony honoring Sawyer's 50 years of service to the city. Standing with Sawyer and Lovett during the presentation were Sawyer's sister Mary Hunt (left) and Mayor Ann Bradshaw. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
Even after 50 years, there's still no quit in Larry Sawyer.

On Monday, the City of Brazil honored Sawyer, who has worked in various city departments since June 1959.

City employees packed the Council Chambers of City Hall to recognize Sawyer for a half-century of service with jokes, laughter, cake and a plaque commemorating his dedication.

"I was hired on as a general laborer in 1959 when I was 21-years-old," Sawyer said during the celebration. "At the time, I fixed leaks and did a little bit of everything."

Sawyer said during his 50 years as a city employee, he has been a part of many departments, including sanitation, street and the water department, where he is currently working as a meter technician.

"Some days, it feels like I've been here longer than 50 years, and on others it doesn't feel like it's been near that long," he said.

When Sawyer was first hired, Ted McCoy was the Mayor of Brazil, and current Mayor Ann Bradshaw is the ninth different mayor he has worked under.

Common Council of the City of Brazil member Bill Lovett said Sawyer may be the only employee the city has had work for 50 years.

"It's not something you see very often," Lovett said. "It is rare for someone to work for 50 years in the same place."

Current Brazil City Water Supervisor Jake Raubuch, who has worked for the city for 22 years, said Sawyer has been a faithful employee who has done an excellent job over the years.

"I really appreciate all the years of hard and dependable work Larry has done for the city," Raubuch said. "You couldn't ask for anything more."

Sawyer said his father worked 16 years for the city, and while he has put in an even half-century, the end of his working days are not yet in sight.

"I enjoy what I am doing," Sawyer said as he headed back to work. "I plan to work as long as I feel like it."


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Great job through the years, Larry. Keep on keeping on!!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, Jun 3, 2009, at 10:59 AM

What a great story!! Government employees often quietly dedicate their professional lives to their communities with little enumeration or recognition. It is wonderful that Mr. Sawyer was honored in such a way. Congratulations Mr. Sawyer!!

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Wed, Jun 3, 2009, at 5:44 PM

Larry Sawyer is my Great-Uncle, and he is the brother of the late Robert Sawyer Jr., who is my grandfather. Our family is proud of Uncle Larry's achievement, and wish him well!

-- Posted by John McGranahan on Wed, Jun 10, 2009, at 8:41 PM


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