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Justice Coalition awards presented

Posted: February 20, 2014 - 4:09pm  |  Updated: February 20, 2014 - 4:30pm
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The Justice Coalition gave its 2014 volunteer of the year award to Fran Futrill, [l] seen here holding up photos of her daughter Mary Futrill Petersen, murdered on May 28 2002. Coalition board vice chairman Ken Jefferson was among the presenters.  DAN SCANLAN/The Times-Union
DAN SCANLAN/The Times-Union
The Justice Coalition gave its 2014 volunteer of the year award to Fran Futrill, [l] seen here holding up photos of her daughter Mary Futrill Petersen, murdered on May 28 2002. Coalition board vice chairman Ken Jefferson was among the presenters.

Jacksonville’s Justice Coalition presented its annual awards during Thursday’s 12th annual “Together We Can” fund-raising breakfast at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.

In front of an audience of 400 including area sheriff’s, prosecutors and businesspeople as well as the victims of violent crime that it helps, Fran Futrill was named its volunteer of the year.

Her daughter Mary Futrill Petersen was murdered on May 28 2002, the case still unsolved. Now she spends 25 to 40 hours a week volunteering at the coalition’s office at 1935 Lane Ave. S., some of that fielding telephone calls from crime victims seeking help.

“We would be just lost [without the coalition],” Futrill said. “Law enforcement does everything they can, but if we didn’t have a victims advocate for the victim, we would just be in darkness.”

The Lifetime Business Partner winner was William Gay, chief executive office at W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor. The Lifetime Achievement winner was coalition board member Charlie Wilson.

 
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