James F. Biddiscombe recently received the U.S. Secretary of Transportation's Award for Community Service. Biddiscombe, a planning and research engineer in the Salt Lake office of the Federal Highway Administration, was the 1989 Big Brother of the Year for Big Brothers/
Big Sisters of Greater Salt Lake.The community service award was presented by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Sam Skinner in Washington, D.C.
Biddiscombe has been involved in Big Brothers since 1969, when he became a "big" with the national Capitol Area agency. When he moved to Salt Lake City he joined the local program and has been involved since 1982. Since 1984, he has also contributed three volunteer hours a week to the recreation department of the Shriner's Hospital.
"Jim's community-mindedness is an outstanding personal trait to all who know him," said Don Steinke, division administrator of the Salt Lake office and the person who nominated Biddiscombe. "Not only is he respected for his community service, but he has also made substantial contributions to Utah's federal highway program through his daily work. He's an unselfish, considerate person, always lending a hand, perhaps a bit more humble than he should be about recognition."
The award distinguishes Biddiscombe among U.S. Department of Transportation employees as one in 100,000.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Salt Lake serves over 400 children from single-parent families in Salt Lake and South Davis counties. Adult volunteers devote three to five hours a week, committing to a minimum of one year to a one-on-one friendship with a child between 5 and 18 years old.