(WNY News Now) – Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. of Chautauqua County received the prestigious Governor Hochul’s 2023 Exemplary Volunteer Service Award from the New York State Office for the Aging in recognition of his remarkable commitment to serving over 40 different organizations since 1973.
New York – On the occasion of Older New Yorkers’ Day 2023, the New York State Office for the Aging paid tribute to a dedicated and passionate volunteer, Russell E. Diethrick, Jr., who hails from Chautauqua County. Mr. Diethrick, the sole recipient of Governor Hochul’s 2023 Exemplary Volunteer Service Award, has devoted more than six decades of his life to the service of his community, earning the respect and admiration of all those he has touched.
Russell’s journey as an exemplary volunteer began decades ago, and since then, he has tirelessly dedicated his time and effort to over 40 different organizations. His exceptional commitment to community service has left an indelible mark, and his recognition by Governor Hochul is a well-deserved honor.
Mr. Diethrick’s remarkable journey can be traced back to his early dreams of playing shortstop in the world of baseball. However, fate took a different turn when his manager informed him that his left-handedness would not allow him to take up that position. Undeterred by this setback, Russell decided to embrace pitching, utilizing his “southpaw” abilities to his advantage. This decision laid the foundation for a lifetime of service and dedication to his community.
Notably, Jamestown boasts a professional stadium located on Falconer Street, providing a fitting backdrop for Russell’s journey as an active and engaged member of his community. As a veteran of the U.S. Army reserves, he has received numerous awards for his professional work and volunteer contributions, which span a wide array of organizations.
Among the many organizations he has generously supported are the county’s Council on Alcoholism, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, the American Cancer Society, Jamestown Parks, Recreation, & Conservation Commission, the March of Dimes, United Way, Boys and Girls Club, and countless others. Russell’s tireless efforts have made a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals and have contributed to the betterment of his community.
In addition to his remarkable volunteer service, Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. is also a devoted family man. He and his wife have been happily married for 35 years, providing unwavering support to one another in their shared journey through life.
In honoring Russell Diethrick with the 2023 Exemplary Volunteer Service Award, Governor Hochul recognizes not only his outstanding service but also his enduring dedication to making the world a better place for all New Yorkers. This award stands as a testament to the incredible impact that one individual can have on a community when driven by a genuine desire to serve and make a positive difference.
On this special day celebrating older New Yorkers and their contributions, we congratulate Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. for his extraordinary achievements, and we are inspired by his selfless commitment to improving the lives of those around him.