When the honor goes to the fellow who has been instrumental since the start of Tama's Citizen of the Year award in 1982 it can only be said: "Well deserved."
Kenny McAdoo has been chosen by fellow members of the Tama Firefighters Association for the recognition and will be feted during a program and reception at the Fire Station on Friday night, May 16, during the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival.
"Putting in countless hours of volunteer service wherever and whenever someone is needed to do anything, anytime, Kenny was there and still is there with no questions asked," wrote Patty and Gary Zigler in their nomination of McAdoo for Tama Citizen of the Year.
2014 Tama Citizen of the Year Kenny McAdoo with Fire Department Engine 211 on Monday, May 5.
They mention his service on the fire department, ambulance service as a council member and as a true friend. "He would do anything for close friends in need and we're sure for people who he hardly knows. That's the kind of man he is," the Ziglers wrote. Gary Zigler has first hand knowledge of McAdoo's fire department service, having been fire chief during part of McAdoo's time on the department.
"It's an honor and privilege to be nominated," McAdoo said Monday. "The best part of living in a small community id everyone knows everyone. That makes it fun. And if you don't know them, you'll get to."
McAdoo's dedication to the fire department stretches back 35 years and he has been an ambulance driver for 16 years.
With his fire service he has been the department's recreation coordinator for 20 years.
Of course his community interest is deeper with service on the Tama City Council. He is currently in the middle of a four-year term, having been elected in 2012. Prior to that he served six years from 1999-2005.
He list construction of the Louise and Lucille Hink Tama Public Library as a top accomplishment of the council during his first years of service. Building the Tama Skate Board Park for the kids of the community has been an important part of his current term.
He sees the anticipated reopening of the former Tama Pack, now Iowa Premium Beef, as a "big plus for the community."
Kenny, 56, is a life-long resident. He has 29-year-old twin daughters. Erin (Kyle) White, Tama, and Erica McAdoo, Cedar Rapids and Megan McAdoo, 215, Tama. He and his wife, Sally, live on McCellan Street. He is a casino shift manager at the Meskwaki BingoCasinoHotel where he has been employed for 20 years.
In addition to his city responsibilities he is also a member of the Tama-Toledo Fraternal Order of the Eagles.