‘Mayor of Main Street’ awarded Spirit of McLean County

Elmo Quinn is the recipient of this year’s WJBC Don Munson Spirit of McLean County Award. (Neil Doyle/WJBC)

 

By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – A former McLean County business owner has been honored for his service and compassion for others.

Elmo Quinn of Bloomington is the recipient of this year’s WJBC Don Munson Spirit of McLean County Award. The annual award was presented Thursday during the American Red Cross Saluting Our Heroes breakfast.

“Anyone who knows Elmo knows what an amazing human he is,” said award presenter and WJBC News Director Katherine Murphy.  “He is a great dad, husband, grandfather, and he is an amazing friend.”

Now retired, Quinn owned and operated Quinn’s Shell Station on Main Street, one of the last full-service stations in Illinois.  Known for his kindness and friendliness, some have dubbed him the “Mayor of Main Street.”

Quinn has always been active in the community, currently offering his time each week at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, and St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry.

“I want to thank McLean County, Bloomington-Normal, and especially Don Munson who is one of my great friends from way back,” said Quinn.

The Red Cross handed out nine awards at its annual event.

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com

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