For Immediate Release - March 27, 2013

Frank Audy is Recognized by the Lawrence Bar Association for his Work with Fathers and Commitment to the Community

Frank Audy, Probation Officer-In-Charge (POIC) at the Lawrence Community Corrections Center, is the recipient of the Lawrence Bar Association’s prestigious Liberty Bell Award for his work with probationers in the Fatherhood Program.

Audy, a 24-year Probation employee, is a well-known and respected leader in the City of Lawrence and his operation of the Fatherhood Program has impacted the lives of men who have learned to become better fathers to their children, according to James Krasnoo, Lawrence Bar Association President. The award will be presented at the Association’s annual dinner on April 11th at the Andover Country Club. Audy is the first Probation employee to receive the Liberty Bell Award.

“In the years the Lawrence Bar Association has awarded the Liberty Bell Award, few have stood out in the way Frank has having devoted a lifetime of service to his community.  He absolutely exemplifies the characteristics of the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award. He has been an exemplary Probation Officer and has touched 1,000’s of lives. Frank has gone above and beyond his duties in the performance of his work,” said Krasnoo.

Audy said of his award, “I feel very humbled by this award. I consider it a tribute to the fathers I have worked with all of these years. Working with them has been one of the most rewarding things I do in my job.”

Carlos Flores is one of the fathers. Flores, who is now employed as a nurse practitioner, participated in the program eight years ago. He completed the 12-week Fatherhood Program and now returns each year to share his expertise with the men by talking to them about health-related topics.

Flores described Audy as a “sincere man.”

“Frank has given so much to the program which made me want to give back. I do a presentation for the men about health and the importance of health screens because I want these men to be role models for their children, wife, and families. As a father I found that children mimic what we do,” Flores said.

Audy started the Lawrence Fatherhood Program, which is one of 10 statewide, in 1997. The Fatherhood Program is offered twice a year, in the fall and once in the spring. Audy said nearly 500 fathers have graduated from the Lawrence program over the years.

The Fatherhood Program was first introduced in 1994 by former Norfolk Juvenile Chief Probation Officer Thomas Mitchell and Deputy Commissioner Steve Bocko who created the program to teach offenders to be positive and attentive parents to their sons and daughters. The program features guest speakers such as judges, clergy, and social service providers. The age range for program participants spans from young adults in their late teens to grandfathers but may vary by court.