Pittsfield: Sheriff Bowler to receive Strattner Award

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PITTSFIELD — Sheriff Thomas Bowler has been selected to receive the 2019 Lawrence Strattner Distinguished Citizen Award during a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the Pittsfield Country Club, 639 South St. The award is sponsored by The Western Massachusetts Council, Boy Scouts of America.This annual award is presented to a recipient chosen for renowned community service and civic participation as evidenced by involvement and leadership given to worthwhile organizations and causes, as well as for the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues. The award is named for Lawrence W. Strattner Jr., past president of Berkshire Life Insurance Company and respected community leader. Prior to his election as sheriff in November 2010, Bowler was a 24-year veteran of the Pittsfield Police Department, serving as a detective since 1988. In addition to his work in the Detective Bureau, he served in the Drug Unit and as an arson investigator. Bowler also served as an assistant deputy superintendent of Security Affairs at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction from 2000 to 2002.All funds raised through this event are tax deductible and will directly benefit young men and women served through the Appalachian Trail District of the Western Massachusetts Council.To purchase tickets or make a donation, contact Gail Wojtkowiak at the Boy Scout Service Center at 413-594-9196, ext. 7018, or Gail.Wojtkowiak@scouting.org.

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