Kirgan earns Lifetime Achievement Award

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Joe Lee Kirgan IV (right) awarded his grandfather, Joe Lee Kirgan, Jr. (left), with the Lifetime Achievement Award at last week's Fairfield Chamber of Commerce banquet.

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It was an emotional night for one family when their patriarch was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his selfless contributions to this community. “He has impacted me more than he will ever take credit for and more than I can ever describe,” Joe Lee Kirgan IV said about his grandfather.

Joe Lee Kirgan, Jr. took home this prestigious award from last week's Chamber of Commerce Banquet for his work in journalism and various other roles in the community.

“He doesn't speak of his accomplishments or contributions, which goes to show how selfless and humble he is,” said Kirgan's grandson.

Kirgan, who owned and operated The Fairfield Recorder from 1960-1985, said he was totally shocked and humbled. “No way I expected it,” said Kirgan in a phone interview. “I am very proud and didn't feel like I deserved it.”

He began his journalism career at the age of 13, and later worked for the Baylor Press, Dallas Times Herald, Polk County Enterprise, Corsicana Sun, and The Fairfield Recorder.

Kirgan's other responsibilities included president of the chamber of commerce, a Boy Scout leader, board president for Fairfield Independent School District, 32nd Degree Mason, and District Governor of Rotary International.

The 86-year-old currently serves on the Fairfield City Council and serves as Mayor Pro-Tem.

Other winners from the night include:


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