HAWLEY - Each year, The Honesdale Area Jaycees honor three outstanding leaders in the fields of Education, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Services. These basic but all important services are vital to the success of any community. The annual banquet was held Thursday, November 9th, at The Settlers Inn in Hawley.

The recipients for 2017 were:

Wayne County Sheriff Mark Steelman, Outstanding Law Enforcement Person of the Year. Settlement was first elected as sheriff in 2009. He had been serving as a deputy sheriff under the late Sheriff Mark Morelli and late Sheriff William Bluff. He graduated from the Washington D.C. Policy Academy and worked as a police officer both in Washington and in Honesdale.

Paula Brennan, Principal of Stourbridge Primary School, Educator of the Year. She has a Master of Science as an Educator from the University of Scranton and a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility in Education from Temple University. She has has been with the Wayne Highlands School District since 1983.

Thomas Simons, Tafton Fire Company, Outstanding Emergency Responder of the Year. Simons is also chairman of the Palmyra Township (Pike County) Board of Supervisors. Simons has served as an elected supervisor in Palmyra Township since 1971. He is retired from teaching math at Wallenpaupack Area High School.

The Honesdale Area Jaycees is a member of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. The Honesdale Area Jaycees was organized in 1949. Visit http://honesdalejaycees.org for more information.