Area leaders receive prestigious Sagamore award

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Vigo County Commissioner Brad Anderson and Vermillion County Commissioner Harry Crossley were presented with the Sagamore of the Wabash awards Tuesday.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) — Two area leaders were recipients of the state’s highest civilian honor.

Vigo County Commissioner Brad Anderson and Vermillion County Commissioner Harry Crossley were presented with the Sagamore of the Wabash awards Tuesday.

Anderson, who will officially retire as a commissioner this month, is a lifelong Vigo County resident. He served for eight years as a county commissioner, with two of those years as president. Before that, he was elected five times to the Vigo County Council.

Anderson has also been active with several other community organizations including serving as Vigo County Fair Board president for a number of years, member of the Zorah Shrine and former president of the Economic Development Committee.

Following his retirement, he plans to stay involved with the many ongoing projects that he has worked as a commissioner including the convention center, Terre Haute casino and new Vigo County Jail.

Crossley is a lifelong resident of Clinton, Ind., and has served as a Vermillion County
Commissioner for 28 years.

He is also a United States Marine Corps veteran, having served in Vietnam.

Crossley held several jobs over the years but spent the majority of his life with the Teamsters. In the 70’s he had a full-service gas station, Crossley’s Corner, and did mechanic work.

He worked out of the Teamsters Hall 144 and 135 for more than 32 years, holding various positions, and retired from Wabash Valley Asphalt in 2008.

The Sagamore of the Wabash is the highest honor an Indiana governor regularly bestows upon
individuals, second only to the Sachem, which is given, at most, to only one person each year.

The governor reserves the Sagamore for those who have distinguished themselves by humanity in
living, loyalty in friendship, wisdom, and inspiration in leadership; and for those who have
contributed to their communities in an extraordinary manner or distinguished themselves in
service to the state or to the governor.

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