Craig resident steps up for veterans |

Craig resident steps up for veterans

Rich Sadvar to spend $1K on new VFW sign

One man’s commitment to the community caught Craig City Council by surprise at its most recent meeting.

Rich Sadvar, a Craig native and local physical therapist, was at the city’s Aug. 9 meeting to accept an appointment on the planning and zoning committee but committed to much more in the end.

Also on the city’s agenda that night was signing a check for a new double-sided, reflective sign at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 on Victory Way.

City council unanimously approved the $1,073 purchase with councilmembers Derek Duran and Jarrod Ogden volunteering to refurbish the signpost and install the sign.

But at the end of the meeting, Sadvar casually volunteered to foot the bill for the sign.

Members of city council weren’t sure if Sadvar was serious, at first, but he insisted on paying for the sign.

“That’s just something that don’t happen,” said Craig Mayor Ray Beck. “Just out of the blue he comes up and says, ‘I’m going to do this.’”

Beck said the city, Sadvar, and Identity Graphics have already sat down to go over the plans and the sign will hopefully be up by Labor Day.

“Everybody’s on the same page,” he said. “It’s a team effort.”

Sadvar said the gesture reflects his appreciation for veterans and his hometown of Craig.

With multiple relatives who have served in the military, Sadvar said he was more than happy to donate to a local veterans organization.

“I think that’s a very worthwhile cause,” he said.

Having been unaware of the city’s intended purchase and making an impromptu decision to help out as it was approved, Sadvar said he was just in the right place at the right time.

“It’s good for the town, it’s good for the park, it’s good for the people that it represents,” he said. “It’s a pretty cool thing.”

Sadvar said he is no stranger to giving back to the Craig community, which he has done for the past 16 years. He takes pride in his hometown and helping install a new sign for veterans was an opportunity he could not pass up.

Mark Wick, VFW Post 4265 quartermaster, said considering the contributions veterans make to the community it feels good to see someone return the favor.

“We’re willing to spend our money as often as we can to help our community and it’s really nice to see someone reciprocate,” he said.

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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