The first Pastor Randy Headley Awards for Community Service were presented at the Awards Assembly held at PAHS Friday morning. High school guidance counselor George Riley announced seniors Kierra Keck and Emi Tanaka were each receiving $500; juniors Anna Stewart and Eli Petruzzi received $200; eighth grader Thea Petruzzi received $100 and Alana Corey, a seventh grader, also received $100.
Pastor Randy served in the U.S. Marines Corps and worked in sales before entering the ministry in 1991. He served United Methodist churches in Shinglehouse, Ceres, Trinity (now Port Allegany UMC) Port Allegany Evangelical UMC (now closed), Crosby, Riverside and Fishing Creek, all in the Kane District of the UMC.
Pastor Randy served on the board of directors of the Cole Memorial Health System (also served on executive, patient safety, public relations and voluntary chaplains committee) and was named an honorary director of the board at Cole Memorial at the 2016 Annual Meeting.
He was a member of the Port Allegany Rotary Club where he served as president and was named a Paul Harris Fellow, twice. He also served as a board member of the Port Allegany Ambulance Service, Port Allegany borough council, Economic Development Council and Port Allegany Asbestos Advisory Council.
Pastor Randy loved serving his church and community and loved spending time with and supporting the youth of the community. The Pastor Randy Headley Memorial Award for Community Service is given to help keep his memory alive and to encourage more youth involvement in service to their school, community and churches.