YOUNGSTOWN — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost visited the Covelli Centre today to present an award to the family of Victoria Allen, a community activist who died Sept. 21 at age 49.
Allen was president of the ICU Block Watch Group, president of Crime Stoppers of Greater Youngstown, events coordinator of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 28 of Youngstown and a member of the South Avenue Area Neighborhood Development Initiative.
The Rev. Lewis Macklin, pastor of Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, referred to Allen as “Ms. Youngstown.”
“Throughout her life, she gave her whole being unselfishly in service to others,” Macklin wrote in his Sunday column for Mahoning Matters. “Tirelessly and effortlessly she would galvanize and mobilize the community around projects. It would be a difficult task to find any positive event in this community which didn't have her imprint on it.
Yost was to present Allen with the Distinguished Civilian Leadership Award on Oct. 18. The award will be renamed the Victoria Allen Distinguished Civilian Leadership Award, Yost said today.
“Ms. Allen’s years of work building bridges and trust in the community is what leadership is all about,” Yost said in the release. “Her heart, her faith and her indomitable will set a shining example for all of us.”