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Clairton officials declare John Lattanzi Day

| Thursday, June 12, 2014, 3:57 a.m.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Clairton Mayor Rich Lattanzi, left, recognizes his uncle, city Councilman John Lattanzi, for a recent Commitment to Community Award through the Amen Corner.

Clairton officials declared Wednesday to be John “Bugsy” Lattanzi Day in the city.

Mayor Rich Lattanzi and city council members honored their colleague for his recent achievement in receiving the Amen Corner's Commitment to Community Award. He received the initial honor on June 4, and council praised their fellow councilman during Tuesday's meeting.

Apart from his role on council, John Lattanzi is best known in town for his role in keeping the city fire department afloat. He has been active in Clairton Fire Department for 26 years in the role of firefighter and chief.

“He worked tirelessly to oversee the transition from a paid department to the all-volunteer department that exists today,” Rich Lattanzi read on Tuesday. “He was also instrumental in bringing the ambulance service back to Clairton within the fire department.”

John Lattanzi said he didn't do the work alone.

“I want to thank all of the firefighters,” he said. “This isn't just about me. I wouldn't have been able to accomplish these things without them.”

The mayor praised John Lattanzi, his uncle, for being an all-around great person who cares about the whole city as if its residents were family.

“Chief Lattanzi is a true example of a community champion,” Rich Lattanzi read. “He has been a leader, a mentor, a father figure, and most of all a friend, to his fellow firefighters and emergency responders.”

In addition to his work in Clairton, John Lattanzi served 17 years with the Jefferson 885 Volunteer Fire Co. He is a founding member of the Jefferson Borough Ambulance Association, which formed more than 35 years ago.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or jvertullo@tribweb.com.

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