FAIRFIELD, Conn. – True shock and joy spread across Jeanne Harrison’s face as the Fairfield Board of Selectmen announced she had been named the “Fairfielder of the Year” for 2013.
“This blows me away,” Harrison said. “I was here for Tom Steinke!”
Harrison is working on the 375th Anniversary Committee and as a part of that she, and a group of other artists, have gone around town painting the town’s fire hydrants, which is one of the many reasons the selecting committee and the Board recognized her.
“I think painting the fire hydrants makes the town look a little spectacular,” she said. ”They really, make Fairfield a spectacular and different town.”
The primary criteria for the Fairfielder of the Year were “personal time, energy and talent of service to the residents of Fairfield, and/or society in general, that promotes betterment of life in our town.”
“Jeanne is one of my favorite people in town,” said Town Clerk Betsy Browne, one of the people who nominated Harrison for the award. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do.”
Harrison's creativity and personality bubbles over into everything she does, First Selectman Mike Tetreau said.
“I think it’s a real gift to the town that 35 years after you painted the town that you were still willing to go out there again,” Tetreau said. “On behalf of the town of Fairfield thank you both for everything you’ve done but also for being a part of the 375th.”