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Wulff named Citizen of the Year by police
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Danny Wulff, owner and operator of the Martinsville Chick-fil-A, was named the 2012 Citizen of the Year by the Martinsville Police Department at a meeting of the Martinsville City Council on Tuesday. Wulff and Chick-fil-A partnered with more than 40 organizations in the community, as well as the local school systems, according to a release from the police department. Shown with Wulff are his wife, Jessica (left) holding daughter Molly, Wulff holding son Boone, and Officer Coretha Gravely, who presented the award. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Danny Wulff, owner/operator of the local Chick-fil-A restaurants, is the Martinsville Police Department’s “Citizen of the Year” for 2012.

Wulff, a local resident since 2009, received the award from police Officer Coretha Gravely during a Martinsville City Council meeting Tuesday.

The award recognizes an area resident’s outstanding contributions to the community.

Wulff and Chick-fil-A have helped more than 40 organizations, including the United Way, Boys & Girls Clubs, HEY!, CHILL and the local school systems, according to city Police Chief Mike Rogers.

They also have provided “a huge amount of support” — including donations of food — for police department activities that Gravely coordinates, such as the Seniors and Law Enforcement Working Together (S.A.L.T.) program and the annual National Night Out and Bicycle Safety Rodeo events, Rogers said.

“It’s an honor for me to be recognized,” Wulff told the council. “What I’ve found in this community is a bunch of great people” who care about the Martinsville area and strive to help it in any way they can.

Chick-fil-A employs 45 area residents, Rogers said.

Wulff is a member of Christ’s Church and the Rotary Club as well as a board member of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Education Foundation. He and his wife, Jessica, have three children, daughters Rhyan, 6, and Molly, 1, and a son, Boone, 3.

Police department employees submit “Citizen of the Year” nominations to a committee of seven department staff members who review applications and then make a recommendation for an award winner to Rogers.

A nominee must have good moral character and a positive attitude toward law enforcement. The person also must have shown support and/or concern for police in their efforts to better serve the city, a report shows.

Rogers mentioned that Gravely has helped start and maintain more than 40 Neighborhood Watch groups in Martinsville. He said he thinks that has greatly helped to reduce crime citywide.

Also during its Tuesday meeting, the council:

• Recognized city employees who will receive longevity of service awards through March 31.

• Proclaimed March as American Red Cross Month as part of a nationwide effort to recognize the organization for its work to collect blood donations and help victims of fires and other disasters.

• Proclaimed this week as Martinsville Saves Week as part of a local effort by the United Way/Hope Coalition encouraging city residents to save money for emergencies, college, home ownership, retirement and other needs.


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