Meet the Hattie Brown Award Recipient for the 226th Fourth of July Celebration -
Richard C. "Dickie" Sousa

This years Hattie Brown Award recipient is a life long resident of the town of Bristol. He Graduated from Colt Memorial High School and attended Salve Regina College for police related courses. He graduated from the RI Municipal Police Academy and served as detective in charge of the juvenile division. He retired from the Bristol Police Department with 23 years of service. He served in the Rhode Island National Guard 118th Military Police and received an honorable discharge Spec 5. This year's recipient has devoted his life to community service. He has volunteered with many organizations to improve the quality of life for the youth of Bristol. Youth Community service includes the following:

  • He served as coach and officer in the King Philip Little League, Babe Ruth League and Bristol Pop Warner Football.
  • Baseball manager and officer for Bristol Junior and Senior American Legion baseball.
  • Member of the Bristol Substance Abuse Task force and its liaison to the Bristol Police Department
  • Served on the Attorney General's Office Task force on Teen violence in the school and community.
  • Expanded Little League Baseball & Pop Warner football with more teams, and did the same with the cheerleading squads. The goal being to keep boys and girls off the streets.
  • During his time volunteering with the youth of Bristol many of the teams won titles and championships.
  • Interfaced with the Juvenile Hearing Board as the Bristol Police Department detective liaison.
Photo: Hattie Brown Award Recipient Dickie Sousa (right) recieving a Commemorative Print from Committee Member Donna St. Angelo at the announcement.

Her volunteerism extends across a gamut of organizations including: Self Help Head Start, King Phillip Little League, Herreshoff Museum, and the Salvation Army. She has serviced St. Mary's Church as a member of the Church Council and as a Lector. For some 44 years and presently she has volunteered for the Bristol and Bristol Warren School District including 31 years as a volunteer for the Mt. Hope Marching Band. She has served as a member of the RI and East Bay directors of Self Help Community Action Program, and The Boy Scouts of America, Troop 2- Bristol. She currently serves on the Bristol Juvenile Hearing Board, The Bristol Parks and Recreation Board, The Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee, and the Fourth July Committee. And as many of us know she has chaired many of the Fourth of July Sub Committees including Old Fashion Day for kids.

Diane has received many awards for her volunteerism and dedication to the people of this community, especially our children.

Her accolades are far too numerous to state here, but clearly she is an outstanding exemplar for the Hattie Brown award. It is my honor to present Mrs. Diane Davis as the 2012 recipient of the Hattie Brown Award.

Recent Hattie Brown Award Recipients

  • 2012 - Edmund Massa
  • 2012 - Diane Davis
  • 2011 - Richard C "Dickie" Sousa
  • 2010 - Elizabeth "Betty" Brito
  • 2009 - Antonio A. "Tony" Teixeira
  • 2008 - Herculano S. "Okie" Falcoa