Volunteer firefighter and all-round Scottsville volunteer Tim Karr was awarded the Scottsville Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award during a ceremony last Monday. Karr is the driving force behind the town’s annual Fourth of July Parade and operates the town’s pumping station to keep Mint Creek from overflowing.
The official name of the award is the A. Raymon Thacker Award, named after the former mayor of Scottsville.
“He’s an exceptional young man. This award is well-deserved,” said Greater Scottsville Chamber of Commerce President Linda Lafontaine.
As a professional firefighter, Karr was employed by the Charlottesville Fire Department as a Battalion Chief for several years, but he retired last year.
According to Matt Lawless, spokesperson for the town of Scottsville, Karr is one of the town’s busiest and most respected volunteers.
“Tim is the town’s flood control superintendant and in that role he is responsible for operating the pumping station to keep Mint Creek from overflowing,” Lawless said. He said that although it’s a paid position, it’s mostly a labor of love for Karr.
“And with the year that we’ve had, he’s been extremely busy in keeping Scottsville and its residents secure,” he said.
Scottsville, as well as most of Central Virginia, dealt with two hurricane events in 2018. Last September, when remnants of Hurricane Florence dumped several inches of rain in the Scottsville area, the town declared a local state of emergency and evacuated an apartment building after flash flooding.
“During that time, we witnessed Tim’s exceptional leadership and we are very lucky to have him,” Lawless explained. “Throughout the whole year, he’s been extremely busy with keeping us all safe. I don’t think he was at the pumping station 24 hours a day, but it was definitely close. Keep in mind we got two years worth of rainfall in one year.”
Lawless said Karr is also “instrumental” in putting on the annual Fourth of July Parade and fireworks display.
“That is by far the biggest event in Scottsville and without Tim it wouldn’t happen. So, this town owes him a great deal. I believe he is the most active volunteer in our town.”
Chamber President Lafontaine agrees that Karr’s volunteer efforts have a huge positive impact on Scottsville.
“Tim Karr is a very giving person and he dedicates his talents and a lot of his time to this town. We are fortunate to have volunteers like Tim Karr in our community,” Lafontaine said.
The annual Greater Scottsville Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award has been a tradition for almost thirty years. Members of the chamber are responsible for nominating and voting. That process took place over the past two weeks.