In June the Portage County Historical Society gave Suffield resident Pat Mettle its prestigious "Preservation Award". Pat is a long-time Suffield resident and wife of the late Suffield Fire Department Chief Gene Mettle. Both Pat and Gene are legendary in the community and are especially known for their time and efforts to help found the Suffield Historical Society and make it Portage County's best historical society and museum. Suffield Historical Society president Judy Calcei issued the following statement:
"The Suffield Historical society is proud to announce that Pat Mettle along with her late husband Gene was awarded the Preservation Award by the Portage County Historical Society at the annual Historical Society Forum in June. The Preservation Award is given to recognize those members of local historical societies who have contributed to the preservation of local history. Pat along with her late husband spent countless hours collecting photos, articles, and memories from local Suffield residents. All of these were carefully displayed in notebooks which document much of the history of Suffield Township and are currently housed in the Suffield Historical Society museum. The Mettle's provided the impetus for the start of the historical society here and their contributions in preserving our history are invaluable. Gene always hoped for a place to house and display artifacts from Suffield's past. Unfortunately, he passed away before he could see what others did to make that dream a reality. When completed, the first phase of the remodeling of the historic fire station was dedicated to Gene. Pat has continued her efforts to share her knowledge of local history and serve in many capacities for the historical society."