FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – On Monday, the Allen County Board of Commissioners presented the 2020 Linda & Jerry Vandeveer Impact Award to a husband-and-wife team for their community service work.
Josh and Jenny Hartup received the honor during a ceremony at Citizens Square which also recognized two other persons who were nominated by the public for their work.
Josh Hartup is a sergeant with the Fort Wayne Police Department and Jenny is a teacher with Fort Wayne Community Schools. The couple has worked extensively with the “Guns ‘N Hoses” charity, which provides assistance to first responders and their families. They were also cited for their work in helping the Law Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial receive a $10,000 grant from the Goldstine Foundation for granite needed to finish the memorial monuments. Josh has helped organize police officers to find sponsors who would donate money to Special Olympics in honor of the officers who would take the “Polar Plunge” each winter. And Jenny was honored by the state of Indiana Fraternal Order of Police in 2019 for her volunteer work with the local FOP.
The Hartups received a personal plaque and their names will be included on a permanent plaque to be kept in the commissioners’ office. They also received a $250 check from Fire-Police City-County Federal Credit Union, which is handling a special account established by an anonymous donor for recipients of the award.
The other nominees honored at today’s ceremony were Angela O’Neill for her volunteer work with Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and the ACRES Land Trust, and Kristina Scherer for establishing the Lucky Racer Junior Ski Racing Scholarship Program for junior skiers or adults with exceptional needs. They each received a special certificate along with a $50 check from the special account.
The commissioners announced the establishment of the award in 2016. It is presented annually to an individual or individuals who reside in Allen County and have lived a life of service to our community outside of their regular profession in the example and tradition set by the Vandeveers. Nominees were evaluated for their vision and action, selflessness and sacrifice, commitment and perseverance, and the impact their work has had on the community.