Youngstown Police honors those that assist neighborhood

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“This is what empowers us as humans and ensures a better quality of life for all,” said Carl Davis, Youngstown police chief.

YOUNGSTOWN – Rocco Nolfi of Rocco Nolfi Allstate Insurance said his company is enjoying working with the Youngstown Police Department to bring joy to families in need over the holiday season.

“I think it is very important to get involved and to show that this is important to us,” said Nolfi.

Nolfi was among the individuals and companies recognized Tuesday by YPD Police Chief Carl Davis for their behind-the-scenes help in support of major city events and police.

Davis said the contributors helped the department hand out Christmas gifts, Easter baskets, and Mother’s Day bouquets, and helped out with other events throughout the year.

“This is what empowers us as humans and ensures a better quality of life for all,” said Davis.

Too often, those who help are not recognized, Davis said, something he wanted to change. In addition to Nolfi, the individuals and companies honored on Tuesday include:

  • Victoria Allen, ICU Block Watch;
  • Greg Giannios, Giannios Candy;
  • Youngstown Plant & Flower.

Giannios, co-owner of Giannios Candy, said the company donated candy for Valentine’s Day and Easter events last year.

He loves to see the excitement on children’s faces when they receive candy.

“It’s just about giving in my eyes,” said Giannios. “Take care of the people and they will take care of you.”

Allen, President of ICU Block Watch, organizes events like Neighborhood Harvest this fall, Easter egg hunt, and this year’s event Mother’s Day deliveries.

Allen said these events help meet the needs of the community – and she enjoys seeing the smiling faces of those she helps.

Mayor Jamael Tito Brown said it could not only be up to the mayor and the chief of police to make a difference in Youngstown, but it was also up to the community to get involved.

People can see the difference these partners make at community events, Brown said.

“We need to keep these partners involved and involved in what we do,” said Brown.

Each individual received a plaque from YPD.