Blairsville Mayor Joe Caugherty presented borough resident B. Edward Smith, left, with a commendation called the Citizen of the Year Award during a council meeting Tuesday, as Blairsville Police Chief Michael Allman looked on.
Smith, who is the Blairsville-Saltsburg school board president, received the distinction for his actions following an Aug. 23 car accident. The accident occurred when an elderly woman trying to pull her car into her garage wound up backing it into a neighbor’s house, dislodging a natural gas meter and igniting a fire.
Smith, who lives just up the street, ran over when he heard the crash and helped the woman from her car. He also stopped her from climbing back in to retrieve her purse.