By Marsha Woods
We have all observed and been enthralled by the depiction of natural disasters as dramatized in a big screen movie theater. All have a recurring theme; all have their tragedies and all have their heroes. It is only reality when ones attention is directed by truism.
The actuality comes in the face of a true champion in our own community.His is a face that we recognize; but a voice that we seldom hear. His name is Pat Malay. His demeanor is quiet, but his actions speak volumes!
Pat, who has been employed by the City of Weiser as Street and Parks Supervisor for a period of 20 years normally, goes about his day intently and unobtrusively. When there is a job to be done, he never hesitates or questions the why. He simply asks where!
Pat’s altruistic acts do not go unrecognized by those who take notice. During a recent ceremony conducted at a Weiser City Council meeting, Mayor Diana presented him with the prestigious Mayor’s coin. The honor is well deserved where Malay is concerned!
During the recent flooding disaster that struck our area, Pat was diligently in the midst of clearing the streets of accumulated snow, assuring the safety of an entire public. When alerted to the imminent danger of a family in the county, he did not hesitate to cross the boundaries of City VS. County obligation.His first concern was that of the family, who were otherwise helpless within a situation for which they had no control. Their wellbeing came first; Pat’s personal liability was an afterthought! Cooperating with the Weiser Rural Fire Department and Washington County Sheriff Matt Thomas, Pat used the resources at hand. The family survived a bit wet and cold, but forever grateful!
The honor of being a recipient of a Mayor’s coin, awarded to those who unwittingly and unselfishly symbolizes the ambassadorship of single components of people who make a difference. This is not Pat Malay’s first currency!
According to Mayor Thomas, “Pat Malay displays his dedication with discretion and does it all from the bottom of his heart!” With fondness, Mayor Thomas also expresses her gratitude, her appreciation and that of the entire City Council to Pat by saying, “He never questions; he simply does without expectation!”
Pat, who lives contentedly with his wife of over 30 years, Carmen, tranquility but matter of flatly says, “I just thank the community for the opportunity to do what I do.!
Humility and pride! A lesson taught by Pat Malay! A lesson for which we could all take heed!
Editors Note, This picture below was a fun picture that we took during an interesting time in Pat’s life… I just wanted to add it for fun…