MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Chapter of the American Red Cross this morning honored some very special people — the 2012 Class of Knox County Heroes.
The 2012 Youth Hero Award, presented by Stephanie Berry of International Paper, went to Girl Scout Troop 214.
“Having a passion for service and an even bigger passion for our military and veterans, this troop of Girl Scouts have always centered their main service projects around military families and veterans,” said Berry.
Among other things, the scouts have made valentines for the Old Soldiers and Sailors Home, packed Hero Packs for children of deployed military personnel, filled boxes with baby shower items for children born while their father was overseas and made blankets for a combat team in Iraq and others. They also made and filled Christmas stockings for military personnel serving overseas and regularly send Girl Scout cookies to deployed soldiers all over the world. They have also participated in a variety of local service projects.
Vickie Sant from First-Knox National Bank announced the 2012 Public Service Hero is Roger Brown, former detective Sergeant with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Brown was nominated by Special Agent Gary Wilgus for his involvement and tenacity in pursuing the missing person/recovery investigation of Raymond Staats.
Sant said, “Roger’s commitment to this case brought closure to the family of Raymond Staats, and he treated this investigation and life of Raymond Staats with the utmost respect.”
Jan Watson is the 2012 Senior Hero. Bonnie Coe, Central Ohio Technical College president, said Watson is “truly one of those people who make Knox County a better place to live.” A retired teacher, Watson is the primary organizer and leader of the First Presbyterian Church’s Hot Meals program on Monday nights. She also assists with the annual rummage sale to benefit missions and volunteers at a camp for at-risk children in the foster care system.
The 2012 Workplace Hero Award was given to Joe Sellers by Marcia Rinehart, representing Kokosing Construction Co. where Sellers works.
Sellers, said Rinehart, has a passion to make a difference in others’ lives by sharing his safety knowledge. His passion goes beyond his fellow workers. Sellers has also been teaching safety courses to community members, municipalities and schools on how to prevent injuries and to stay safe.