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Gerald F. Royer is honored as an Unsung Hero by the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services at an event held May 16 at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.Press photo by Samantha Anderson Gerald F. Royer is honored as an Unsung Hero by the Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services at an event held May 16 at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.Press photo by Samantha Anderson

Lehigh County honors older adults

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Samantha Anderson sanderson@tnonline.com in Local News

The Lehigh County Office of Aging and Adult Services recently honored older adults who have displayed generosity to improve and enhance the lives of those around them.

The 18th annual Tribute to Unsung Heroes was held May 16 at the Zentz Building at Fellowship Community, Whitehall.

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong opened the celebration by sharing a personal story demonstrating that age cannot stop a willing attitude. He emphasized age does not need to prevent you from living your life and being active in the community.

Clayton Reed Jr., executive director of the Office of Aging and Adult Services, offered opening thoughts about the spirit and exuberance of the honorees.

“You are an inspiration to everyone,” he remarked as he lauded their efforts in the community.

Lehigh County Commissioners Amy Zanelli and Marc Grammes presented the certificates to all the honorees.

Gerald F. Royer, of Salisbury, has volunteered in emergency services for more than 50 years. He is also an emergency medical technician, vehicle response technician and served as a firefighter, captain, deputy chief and assistant chief of Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Company.

The other honorees are Steven Aaronson, of Bethlehem; Jeanette M. Denton, of Whitehall; Janice H. Epler, of Allentown; Ronald E. Fluck, of Bethlehem; Dora M. and Robert F. Gensemer, of South Whitehall; James E. Kerner, of Coopersburg; Raymond and Elizabeth Phillips, of South Whitehall; Carol A. Ritz, of Allentown; Shirley A. Schleicher, of Orefield; Joseph C. Veshinfsky, of Catasauqua and Richard H. Lamson, William G. DeLong and Ronald C. Paff, all of Allentown.

May has been designated as Older Americans Month since 1963. Honorees are local residents 60 years or older who dedicate their time and talent to helping others.

The Office of Aging and Adult Services advocates for Lehigh County residents and provides a wide range of services and information to help older adults remain healthy, active, independent and productive members of their community.