The mayor of Massillon, Catazaro-Perry, honors employees and the breakfast of companies

Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry addresses the crowd Friday morning at the city's annual awards breakfast at Santangelo's Party Center.  Numerous prizes were awarded to city employees, businesses, volunteers and creators of difference.

MASSILLON — Community residents, organizations and businesses were recognized Friday morning for their outstanding efforts throughout 2021 at the city’s annual awards breakfast.

Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry told the nearly 190 attendees that this is the event she most looks forward to each year. The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted much of the festivities in 2021, which were held outdoors at Duncan Plaza.

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“It’s a special day to recognize people who have gone above and beyond,” the mayor said. “Everyone has made me extremely proud for bringing us through a time (pandemic) that we have never experienced before.”

Massillon recognizes the exceptional municipal service, the dedication

Officer Anthony Crabtree, of the Massillon Gendarmeriewas among more than a dozen community members, municipal employees, businesses and civic organizations honored for their outstanding service in 2021.

Massillon Police Officers Anthony Crabtree accepts the award for Police Officer of the Year Friday during the town's awards breakfast.

Captain Dan Podloger was honored as Massillon Firefighter of the Year. Recognized as the city employee was Rich Miller, of the Wastewater treatment service.

Awards were handed out following the mayor’s revised State of the City address at Santangelo’s Party Center on Ninth Street SW.

A new aspect of the ceremony included brief remarks made by people receiving honors. Most spoke of being part of a tight-knit community.