In a ceremony last night at the Field Library in Peekskill, John Hallinan, past president, current vice president and consummate volunteer received the prestigious Chester Smith award for his lifetime dedication to Peekskill’s youth.

One cool thing about John: you think he’s so busy helping you-he’s doing to same for others at the same time. But it’s like he’s there just for you. Great person, great family.

John’s amazing story is highlighted on the Field Library facebook page:

John Hallinan and his wife, Patricia, are 34-year residents of Peekskill. John had a brief career in banking, before pursuing his true vocation as a School Psychologist. John believes that it is important to be involved in the community you live in. Some of his many lifetime volunteer accomplishments include:

The Tony Lucaro Volunteerism Award for his service as a school psychologist for Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES in 2003, The Lifetime Achievement Award from NYSPEED (NY School Principals for the Education of Students with Emotional Disabilities) in 2007, The Community Service Award from the NYS United Teachers Union in 2004, President of the Taconic Road Runners Club from 1998-2000, President(1998-2008) and Vice President (1997-1998) of Peekskill School Board, Chairperson of the Peekskill Youth Board from 1996-1998 and 2005-2014.

Amazingly, the first two recipients of this award, 2 decades ago, were also Taconic Road Runner members; John Burns, famously known for his column in the local paper about running; and local physician John McGurty.