(Extensions of Remarks - June 20, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E1092-E1093]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                       A TRIBUTE TO LEROY SAWYER


                          HON. EDOLPHUS TOWNS

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  Mr. TOWNS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute and honor Mr. 
Leroy Sawyer, a man who has spent much of his life working for the 
public good.
  Mr. Leroy Sawyer was born to William and Georgina Sawyer. He 
graduated from Stuyvesant High School with a Science Major, a Math 
Minor Diploma, and lettering in baseball.
  Mr. Sawyer rose quickly as a member of the New York City Police 
Department. Though not graduating from the Academy he was placed in 
``plainclothes'' and promoted to Detective

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after his third year on the job. He was only twenty-four years old.
  Mr. Sawyer embodies the term ambitious. He has owned three taverns in 
Brooklyn, and managed five taverns in Manhattan include the ``Spotlight 
Bar'' next to the Apollo Theater. He's owned four Laundromats, liquor 
stores, an office supply store, and scores of houses in Brooklyn.
  Mr. Sawyer is also very active in the community; he came out of 
retirement, and presently serves as my community liaison for the 10th 
Congressional District. He has been a member of the Board of Managers 
at the North Brooklyn YMCA for over twenty years, serving as chairman 
for ten of those. In addition, he is a Founding member of the Board of 
Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Eufaula, Alabama and a lifetime 
member of the NAACP.
  Mr. Sawyer is married to Rosa Beatrice and together they have two 
children, Lisa and William, and four grandchildren, Tyra, Tammara, 
Leasia and Karima.
  Mr. Sawyer believes that we all have an opportunity to succeed in 
life. He believes we should not be afraid to follow our dreams. He 
certainly followed his own advice and is now enjoying the sweet fruits 
of his labor. Mr. Sawyer and his wife currently split their time 
between homes in Brooklyn, New York and Eufaula, Alabama.
  Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize Leroy Sawyer for his unceasing 
ambition in life, as well as his commitment and leadership in his