PEPPERELL -- Pepperell firefighter Justin Zink has been chosen as grand marshal for the Fourth of July parade.

Zink, who had been named one of three nominees in town, won a vote where ballots were open to residents at locations throughout town. He is a firefighter and EMT with Pepperell Fire Department and is active as a volunteer for charity work done through the department.

As grand marshal, Zink will lead the parade on July 5.

He said being named Grand Marshal was an honor.

"I'm sincerely honored to have been considered for this and thought of in the same manner as Grand Marshals in Pepperell Fourth past, such as Bill Gikas, Tracy Ezzio, and Nick Parker," Zink said.

He said that in addition to leading the parade, he strives to be a leader in the community.

"Even when Pepperell loses its way and has to cut the police, fire, communications, highway, Town Hall, library etc., the people of Pepperell need to charge ahead and do the best with what we have for the residents and I'd like to think I'm one of those "Pepperell People" that can make a difference and set an example by actions and not just my words," Zink said.

Carol Gates, president of the Fourth of July Committee, said that nominees are chosen on the basis of what they have given to Pepperell through volunteerism and leadership. She said all of this year's nominees exemplified those qualities.


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This year's other nominees were Board of Health member and Friends of Pepperell Seniors President Phil Durno and Housing Authority chairman and Senior Center volunteer Kathy Harris.

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