PRINCETON — Jennifer Lively and Donna Walker returned a favor Friday afternoon.
They requested that the Mercer County Commission and West Virginia State Police send someone to honor their neighbor, David White, for his contribution to keeping their neighborhood clean.
“He’s been like a Godsend to us,” Lively said. “I’ve got cancer. My girlfriend and I we’re disabled. David, he’s gone out of his way to help us.”
Lively and Walker pointed to their yard as an example of White’s help. They both explained that White had come in, cleared the brush away from their front yard. He also contacted the water company when a main broke to prevent it from continuing to impact their water bills.
“He’s done everything up here,” Walker said. “He’s even got security cameras and he watches to make sure that no one is going to get any trouble up here.”
White was flabbergasted. When Lively called him to come outside for the presentation and awarding of a plaque, White thought a tragedy had occurred.
“Did someone die?” White asked, not believing that the women had called people there to honor him. When finally got the award, White said he couldn’t believe it.
“I’m going to put this above my fireplace on my mantle,” White said.
White’s motivation for cleaning up his neighborhood was simple. He wanted to make sure that everyone living in the 11 home area could have something to be proud of and could feel safe.
Though, Lively and Walker are both disabled, they are helping to clean up the area, too. They’ve begun a neighborhood watch program with the assistance of the West Virginia State Police Sgt. M.S. Haynes.
“It starts on this level,” Lively said before the ceremony kicked off. “You have to be able to feel pride in your neighborhood. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
Lively and Walker quickly moved to their next project- getting a traffic light at the intersection of Old Bramwell Road and the road to the Brushfork Armory. They asked Commissioner Mike Vinciguerra, who was on hand to present the clap for advice.
He told the ladies to contact the state road and even gave them a name of a personal friend to provide them with more personal assistance.
But for the moment, they were happy to honor White.
“You’ve got a man that’s been really good to us,” Walker said. “He’s just a good citizen.”
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