The Hodges Family – 2015 Citizens of the Year

The Hodges family was collectively selected as a recipient of the “Citizen of the Year” award by the Greater Pascack Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2015. There contributions to the community are notable.

JayMee Hodges has served on the Westwood Planning Board for 23 years, the Westwood Volunteer Fire Dept. for 41 years, serving as Chief in 1984 and again in 2012-2013, and he served on the Bergen County Fire Academy Training Board for 11 years.

JayMee’s wife Cheryl has been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Westwood Volunteer Fire Dept. for 15 years, very active in the Zion Lutheran Ministries for several years, and along with the rest of the family, devotes a tremendous amount of time to the Sgt. Christopher Hrbek Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of her son, a United States Marine, who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. Chris also was a member of the Westwood Fire Dept. Chris Hrbek’s sisters, Amy Delentash and Lori Schager have been very involved the Scholarship Fund named for their brother.

JayMee’s sons, Jim and Beau have both done their part, not only as members of the Westwood Fire Dept., but both are professional firefighters with the FDNY.

JayMee’s father Donald Hodges, who recently passed away, had been an active member of the Order of Masons for 67 years, served as the State Chaplain of the Masons, Church Elder at Zion Lutheran for many years, and a member of the Westwood Fire Dept. for 66 years, and several years ago he was named an Honorary Chief.

Don Hodges’s wife Kathryn, better known as “Kay,” was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Westwood Fire Dept. for decades, member of the Order of Eastern Star, Emerson’s Board of Health Nurse for 49 years and counting, and a Westwood Poll Worker for 52 years and counting.

“This only touches the tip of the iceberg in how much this family has given to the community and country.” noted Skip.