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Onondaga County honors a hero

Marcellus contractor Scott McClurg was awarded the states' most prestigious civilian award during a special medal ceremony at John DeFrancisco's Syracuse office on Jan. 31. The New York State Senate Liberty Award recognizes citizens for their exceptional, heroic or humanitarian acts and achievements.

McClurg, President and Owner of McClurg Remodeling and Construction Services was honored for his dedication to a local family in need and his service to the community. The Luchsinger family of Onondaga Hill suffered a series of trials when their dairy farm was destroyed by fire and then father Jamie Luchsinger was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Moved by their story, Scott enlisted the support of his his 37 employees and more than 40 local companies who generously donated their time, labor and supplies to renovate the Luchsinger's thirty year-old home. Together, the group completed over $150,000 worth of work to the house.

"The Luchsingers contacted me because they wanted to put a handicapped bathroom in their home," McClurg said. "But once inside, I realized it needed a lot more. I went back and asked some of my employees if they could volunteer some time to this project, and not one of them said no. They couldn't wait to help."

And help they did. McClurg and his crew went to work for three weeks straight, some of his employees working over 100 total hours. They worked around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, installing two new bathrooms, new kitchen, flooring, sheetrock, insulation, windows, electrical, landscaping, lighting fixtures, and even a new driveway.

"We re-did their daughter Erica's bedroom with butterflies, because she saw a butterfly at her grandmother's funeral," said McClurg.

"I am pleased to present Scott McClurg with the New York State Senate Liberty Award for his selfless dedication to a project that helped change the lives of the Luchsinger family, DeFrancisco said. Scott and his team of volunteers should be commended for the many nights and weekends they spent working to completely renovate the Luchsinger's home so Jamie can continue to live comfortably with his family.

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