Port St. Lucie podiatrist recognized at National Jefferson Awards ceremonies

Published: 2011-06-23 14:22:44
Author: Cathy Reeder

  Dr. Andrew D'Errico, a Port St. Lucie podiatrist who has helped many people beyond his medical practice, was honored this week at the 2011 National Jefferson Awards for Public Service ceremonies in Washington.

He was recognized for managing the medical team for Honor Flight of Southeast Florida, which provides free flights to Washington to visit the World War II Memorial for veterans. D'Errico also was recognized for providing free surgical clinics, shoes and clothes at Romanian orphanages and for helping with the Special Olympics.

The National Jefferson Awards for Public Service ceremonies recognize volunteerism and public service at both the national and local level. D'Errico joined dozens of local volunteers from around the country, as well as a handful of national figures, some famous, at banquet ceremonies Monday and Tuesday nights.

"U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was here, two kids who got all these prepaid calling cards for U.S. soldiers were here, all these senators, and a lot of regular people, too," D'Errico said.