GALLIPOLIS — Ten of Gallia County’s “Everyday Heroes” were honored Friday morning during the fourth annual Everyday Heroes Breakfast held at the Gallia County Senior Resource Center.
The Gallia County American Red Cross and the Gallipolis Daily Tribune teamed up yet again this year to honor ordinary people who have made a big difference in the lives of their fellow citizens, as well as the wider community.
The Everyday Heroes were nominated by local residents and were chosen from among several nominees according to the following criteria:
• One who offers his or her life to save another.
• One who shows extraordinary courage in a given situation or an ongoing situation.
• One who is completely unselfish in his or her actions in working with or for others.
• One whose actions make life, or its circumstances, easier or more comfortable for someone else.
Of the heroes honored were blood donors and educators to law enforcement officers and community volunteers. Awards were presented to each Everyday Hero by Bob Hood, director of the Gallia County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and several of the event’s sponsors. Following is a list of the 2012 Everyday Heroes:
Billy C. Campbell, Military Hero (posthumously granted to Campbell’s wife of 61 years, Marianne); Polly Wetherholt, Senior Hero; Cliff and Fran Richie, Community Heroes; Jim Eutsler, Fire Hero; Dot Neutzling, Blood Volunteer Hero; David Clay, Blood Donor Hero; Gracie Hoffman, Youth Hero; Lisa Richie, Education Hero; Kody Lambert, Good Samaritan Hero; and Tommy Wright, Law Enforcement Hero.
Also honored during the ceremony was Scott Baker, pastor of New Life Lutheran Church. Baker is the recipient of the 2012 Rollie Award, which recognizes a volunteer who has made significant contributions to the Gallia County American Red Cross. The award was established in 2009 and was named after previous year’s recipients and Gallia County Red Cross Unit Coordinators Ron and Ollie Paxton.
Baker, along with his congregation, has been instrumental in the planning and administration of many charitable undertakings, not the least of which include food and blood drives.
“He has distinguished himself as a former board member and current volunteer for American Cross-related projects,” said Tom Childs representing the Gallia County American Red Cross. “He and New Life Lutheran Church have held blood drives over the last year that were extremely successful. He is the go-to person for these events, and additionally, Pastor Baker has spoken as a board member on behalf of the Gallia County Red Cross about issues unique to us.”
Pastor Baker provided invocation for the breakfast, after which volunteers at the Gallia County Senior Resource Center served those in attendance. The Presentation of Colors was led by Henry Myers and the Honor Guard. The National Anthem was performed by Shanna Smith.
Welcoming remarks were given by Danette McCabe, on behalf of the Gallia County Senior Resource Center; Childs, on behalf of the Gallia County American Red Cross; and Sammy Lopez, publisher of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune.
Stephanie Filson, managing editor of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, served as master of ceremonies for the morning’s festivities. The event concluded with a song performed by Smith.
Sponsors for the 2012 Everyday Heroes included:
Gold sponsors — AEP Ohio, Holzer Health System and Ohio Valley Bank.
Silver sponsors — Wal-Mart, WesBanco, Foodland, Gallipolis Career College, Wiseman Realty/Wiseman Insurance, Mid-State, MPW and Safway Scaffolding.
Friends Sponsors — David Smith, DDS, Gheen’s Painting, Tom and Nancy Childs, Kyger Dental, Hatzel and Buehler, New Life Lutheran Church, Family Oxygen and Medical Equipment, Farmers Bank, Lois Snyder and Russell Wood.