Lopsonzski Sr., Kutzler win award
Anthony Lopsonzski Sr. and Gene Kutzler are the recipients of Northampton Borough’s Golden Cement Bag Award for their commitment and service to the community. The honorees were awarded their plaques at the borough’s annual dinner, held Dec. 14 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center.
More than 150 borough employees, staff and guests attended the program. The Golden Cement Bag Award was begun years ago to recognize individuals for their service to the community. Jack Harhart, the 2017 recipient, was present at the event.
As emcee, borough Manager LeRoy Brobst lauded the accomplishments of the honorees. Anthony Lopsonzski Jr., borough council president, presented the coveted plaques to his father and Kutzler. Both recipients said they were humbled by the honors bestowed on them.
Lopsonzski Sr. served as a member of the Northampton Exchange Club and Northampton Regional Emergency Medical Service (NREMS), formerly known as Northampton Ambulance Corps. He was an emergency medical technician and CPR instructor for 15 years. Lopsonzski Sr. was a part-time borough police officer and sergeant, 1975-80. He then moved to full time from 1980 to 2005. He served as the department’s medical and CPR training officer, public relations officer and the first D.A.R.E. officer. He was also an NAA football coach, 1968-83, and girls softball coach, 1985-2002. Lopsonzski Sr. received the Chapel of Four Chaplains award in 2002.
Kutzler was a volunteer emergency medical technician for 10 years with NREMS and was a service officer in the American Legion. He served as the head of the youth council for the bicentennial. He performed minstrel shows for five years with Catholic War Veterans Post 454, was a member of the community choir, served as a community bagpiper for the borough’s Memorial Day program with Ed Novogratz and performed in other borough organizations and parades. He still provides music for various community programs.