RUMFORD — Family, friends and relatives of Harrison M. Burns watched as he was formally recognized Thursday night by selectmen as Rumford’s Citizen of the Year for 2015.
Board of Selectmen Chairman Greg Buccina began the ceremony by reading a lengthy list of Burns’ many municipal and community accomplishments.
He said Burns, 83, has held many municipal and committee positions in Rumford over the past 40 years, including acting town manager. He also served for 30 years with the Rumford Fire Department and was captain of Engine 6 for 21 years. Burns was a Rumford engineer from 1961 to 1971. He serves on the Rumford Board of Appeals, the Rumford Water District Board and with SCORE, helping people create small-business plans and small businesses.
Buccina said Harrison Burns also helped organize Rumford Point Little League Baseball for many years.
Burns’s brother, Elliot “Bud” Burns, who nominated Harrison, filmed the ceremony.
“We had several excellent nominations for this award and Mr. Burns is very well deserving of this honor,” Buccina said.
He presented the award and stood with Burns while his family took photographs.
Buccina and Selectman Frank DiConzo set up a microphone for Burns, who thanked his brother for nominating him, his children and selectmen.
Selectmen shook hands with Burns while the audience recognized him with a standing ovation. Afterward, Burns posed for family photographs.