LaShier honored for service by Salvation Army

Dennis "Denny" LaShier gives a speech after accepting the Salvation Army's William Booth award.
Recorder/David Rainville

Dennis "Denny" LaShier gives a speech after accepting the Salvation Army's William Booth award. Recorder/David Rainville

GREENFIELD — A local man’s recent award was 41 years in the making.

Dennis LaShier, 73, was given the Salvation Army’s William Booth award, in recognition of more than four decades of service. The prestigious honor is named for the organization’s founder. Friday, LaShier became the second recipient from the Greenfield Salvation Army.

“I just like to volunteer, whether it’s with the Salvation Army or other things in the community,” LaShier explained. “I always stay involved with something.”

The Greenfield native has a long track record of community involvement. He’s a member and past president of the Franklin County Rotary Club, a member of the Housing Board at the Greenfield Housing Authority and a 28-year Massachusetts housing commissioner, a past member of the Jaycees, and a former Greenfield Town Council member. He also worked for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, and served in the U.S. Army in Germany. He owned Art’s Tire in Greenfield until his retirement.

After accepting his award, LaShier issued an apology.

“I’d like to apologize to my wife for missing 41 Christmas mornings,” he joked.

LaShier has volunteered to help with the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving and Christmas meals since he joined the organization and hasn’t missed a year.

LaShier said he joined the Salvation Army because he was asked. His colleagues Friday said that LaShier always jumps at the chance to help his friends, neighbors, and community.

The retired LaShier said he’s thinking of moving to the Virgin Islands, now that he’s confirmed that there’s a Salvation Army branch there.

Several other volunteers were honored for their service at the Salvation Army’s annual post-Christmas dinner. They included several familiar bell-ringers, who collected $78,000 in their little red kettles during the holidays.

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