PPFF awards AFSCME Local 2244 member for going ‘above and beyond’
The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) recognized 19 groups and individuals as COVID-19 Champion Award Winners, including Cody Miller, a member of AFSCME Local 2244 (State Supervisory – District 5 & 6) and Park Maintenance Supervisor at French Creek State Park.
Cody has worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) since May 2017 and leads his staff by example in order to keep 8,000 acres clean and safe for what has been a record number of visitors over the last year.
PPFF is a nonprofit organization devoted to stewardship of the commonwealth’s state parks and forests. PPFF President Marci Mowery presented the award to Cody and said in part, “He goes above and beyond when it comes to visitor services: always out responding to complaints and issues in the park.”
“Cody has instilled these values in his staff and because of this, French Creek State Park, Region 4, and all park visitors are better off.”
Cody is constantly responding to issues that come up at French Creek and has been known to assist other state parks when they are in need. He says, “you never know what every day is going to bring.”
“I treat bed bugs, I manage the sewage treatment plant, I manage the drinking water system, I manage the campgrounds, I manage 120 buildings, so the amount of complaints or issues that we have is unlimited.”
When asked about the recognition he received, Cody credited his staff.
“I wouldn’t be recognized for anything without my staff. My staff has been very supportive and anything that we’ve needed to accomplish, they’ve been right there next to me.”
AFSCME Council 13 is proud to have sponsored this awards ceremony and even more proud to represent public service workers like Cody. Congratulations to our Local 2244 brother and to all of the award recipients!