Three to be inducted in the Rock County Hall of Honor

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

JANESVILLE—Three people will be inducted into the Rock County Hall of Honor on Thursday.

Mark D. Finnegan and John P. Finnegan of Beloit and Tony Farrell Sr. of Janesville will be inducted to the hall during the Rock County Board meeting.

The Rock County Hall of Honor was established in 1982 to recognize those who have made significant contributions to Rock County's residents and organizations.

Tony Farrell Sr. is well known to elected officials as the helpful presence at government meetings. He greets people, hands out agendas and answers questions from residents that are familiar with meeting procedures, according to his nomination papers.

He was recognized as Forward Janesville's 2012 volunteer of the year for his work at meetings and the work he does for Special Touch Ministry, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville Performing Arts Center, Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Rock County Humane Society, New Life Assembly of God and the Rock County Coroner's Office.

Farrell give suicide prevention programs through the Rock County Coroner's Office and was recently honored by the office with a Superior Citizen Service Award for his activities.

Farrell, who owns a local music store, has sponsored student music trips and clinics.

The Finnegans founded Vets Roll, a community group that takes World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., according to their nomination papers.

They have also been active in youth hockey, baseball and volleyball.

Their community efforts have earned them the 2011 Laurence A. Raymer Headliner Award, the 2012 Daughters of the American Revolution Award, the 2012 Red Cross Heroes Award and many other awards.

Last updated: 3:19 pm Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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