Craig honored as 'Most Wonderful Citizen'

October 03, 1997


Staff Writer

Larry W. Craig, co-founder of Children's Village of Washington County and Washington County Crime Solvers, has been selected Washington County's Most Wonderful Citizen.

"It was really a surprise. It's really gratifying," Craig said.

Craig said he has no plans to stop his volunteer efforts. "I really love it."

He said the needs of children, including his own grandchildren, keep him motivated.

"What you have to do is say, how much is a human life worth. If you save one kid, you've done your job," he said.

Children's Village instructs second-graders in Washington County on fire safety, crime, seat belts and bike safety. Senior citizens also are taught fire safety and how to avoid scams. About 3,200 students go through the doors each year.


Craig said the county should be proud of what Children's Village has accomplished.

"Nobody in the country has what we have," he said.

Craig said he plans to hang the award on his "love-me wall" along with his other awards.

"I'm glad to see the community show their appreciation," said Linda Irvin-Craig, Larry's wife and a former county commissioner. She nominated her husband.

"I'm very proud of him," she said.

County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Craig has done a lot for the county. "He deserved it."

Craig, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully this year for a seat on Hagerstown's City Council.

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