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Sweeping respect : Kiwanis and Key Club members help keep local hero's bridge in order

ANDOVER -- The Greater Lawrence Kiwanis Club conducted its Seventh Annual Captain George L. Street Memorial Bridge Clean Up Saturday morning.  Members of the Kiwanis Club and the Andover High School Key Club gathered on the bridge, which carries Greenwood Road over Interstate 495, to cut and pull weeds, sweep and rake leaves and pick up trash. Kiwanis member Michael DeLuca, had the idea for the event 7 years ago after seeing the littered bridge each day while driving his kids to school. Since then, he has organized the cleanup effort to coincide with Veterans Day.

George Street lived in Andover 30 years, and was the town's most decorated naval officer.

A longtime Kiwanian, Street served in the Navy for 29 years. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor, while commanding the submarine USS Tirante during World War II. He received the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars and a Presidential Unit Citation recognizing the entire crew of the Tirante.

"What better way to honor veterans than to honor one of our own," said Kiwanis Past President Al DeLuca, who served eight years in the Coast Guard. "To leave the bridge in disrepair is to be disrespectful to him."

Pictured in the front row from left to right, Martha Wilson of Andover , Andover High School Key Club members Michael Briggs and Travis Traub.  In the back row from left to right are Mike DeLuca of Andover, Dave Wilson of Andover, Brother Rene Roy of Lawrence, Ed Kelly of Andover, Key Club member Sarah Wilson, Jeff Shank of Derry NH, and Dave Louis of North Andover.


A Tribute to and a Portrait of a Great Shipmate
CAPT George Levick Street III



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