Cathy McKenna, left, received the Citizen of the Year Award from Danville Mayor Ed Coleman during the Danville Borough Council meeting on Tuesday evening.

DANVILLE -- If there is a community event going on, odds are Cathy McKenna had a hand in it.

The Danville area native and long-time Danville borough employee received the Citizen of the Year Award on Tuesday night for her tireless efforts volunteering in the community and commitment to the local police department, where she has worked for nearly 30 years as an office clerk and formerly a meter attendant.

Mayor Ed Coleman presented Mrs. McKenna with a plaque and citation as her two children Samantha, 19, and William Jr., 14, looked on. Mayor Coleman said the award was long overdue.

"She is a tremendous help to the borough and this community," Mayor Coleman said. "She is involved in just about every aspect of community service you can come up with. I don't know where she finds the time."

He cited numerous charities Mrs. McKenna has assisted with over the years to include the Danville Chapter of The American Red Cross. According to Mayor Coleman, Mrs. McKenna recently assisted with a local drive spurred on by local police officer J.D. Stanley to benefit American soldiers serving overseas.

Today is the last day for donations, such as Middlesworth potato chips and beef jerky, which can be dropped off at the police station along Mill Street.

Mrs. McKenna has also assisted with the annual Danville Police Department Softball Tournament and Danville Christmas Tree Program. Additionally, she is involved with Operation Lifesaver, which provides bracelets to seniors with dementia so they can be found if they wander off.

"She is unbelievable," Police Chief Eric Gill said. "Her service is impeccable. She is just outstanding all the way around."

According to Mayor Coleman, Mrs. McKenna's biggest community impact may be seen through the William J. McKenna Memorial Field House at Ironmen Stadium, dedicated in 2003 honoring her late husband, a former Danville football standout and local police officer who died while on duty 14 years ago.

Mrs. McKenna collected more than $240,000 through various fundraisers to support its construction.

"It was very kind of them to present this to me," Mrs. McKenna said afterward. "There are so many people who are as deserving."

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