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Lifelong Fort Wayne resident receives state’s highest honor

A lifelong Fort Wayne resident is being recognized with the state’s highest honor.

Larry Wardlaw was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash Thursday. In 2011, the Journal Gazette awarded Wardlaw citizen of the year. Wardlaw has worked at Asher Agency for over three decades and volunteers for non-profits. He is also known as the "unofficial mayor of west central".

Mayor Tom Henry presented the prestigious award to Wardlaw Thursday, saying the honor was a first.

"It is really an awesome award. Having had a long career in advertising these last three decades, its probably one of the finest recognitions I’ve ever had," Wardlaw said.

The Sagamore of the Wabash was created during the term of Indiana Governor Ralph Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949.

Jacob Burbrink

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