By Evan Lips
BILLERICA, Mass. (Lowell Sun) — Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian is heading to New York City to be awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his work establishing Boston’s Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a spokesman said this week.
“It really comes from his work as a state representative,” said Michael Hartigan, Koutoujian’s spokesman.
In 1999, Koutoujian first filed legislation to consider an Armenian remembrance site in Boston. It took about 10 years, but last September the park was established.
Hartigan said the Ellis Island Medals of Honor are awarded each year to Americans who “exemplify a life dedicated to community service.” Previous recipients include Rosa Parks, Muhammed Ali and former President Jimmy Carter.