Connor Voulo of Fly Creek was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, an honor described as the most prestigious award Congress bestows upon a youth civilian. Representing the NYS 19th Congressional district, Voulo is one of 26 state award winners and 478 nationwide.
According to a media release, the medal honors youths for their commitment to voluntary public service, personal development and physical fitness. Gold Medalists must accumulate more than 800 hours over the span of at least two years in the three program areas in addition to planning and going on an in-depth exploration or expedition.
Voulo commented in the release that, “Through my involvement with the Fly Creek Fire Company, I have achieved a sense of accomplishment as a volunteer firefighter. I have also learned new skills and the importance of giving back to my community by making a real difference.” Voulo, a student at Cooperstown Central School, was named Firefighter of the Year in 2019.
The first-ever virtual Congressional Gold Medal awards ceremony was held in late September and the winners were mailed their medals.