Home­town Hero

The Covington News - - OPINION -

For the last six years we have had the honor to rec­og­nize peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who through their ac­tions and deeds have gone the ex­tra mile to help their neigh­bors or their fam­ily.

Th­ese folks had no in­ten­tion of be­ing rec­og­nized for their great acts of com­pas­sion.

For the past six years our part­ner in hon­or­ing folks like this has been Gen­eral Mills, and to­gether we awarded the fi­nal­ists with a spe­cial recog­ni­tion, plaque and a big bas­ket of Gen­eral Mills good­ies.

We have pur­posely kept the cer­e­mony to award the Home­town Hero low key be­cause by their unas­sum­ing ac­tions the good works have been un­sung and low key.

This year’s run­ner up is for­mer Marine Cor­po­ral Bryce Bur­ton , who not only saved a fel­low Marine but with­out prior ex­pe­ri­ence filmed the life story of Marie hero Sgt. Isaac Gal­le­gos, Bryce is a life­long res­i­dent of New­ton County, has a beau­ti­ful young fam­ily and won the pres­ti­gious Sgt Wil­liam Ge­naust award for ex­cel­lence.

This year’s Home­town Hero win­ner is 14-year-old Kat­lyn Wil­liams who in honor of her grand­fa­ther raised money for Parkin­son’s dis­ease and acts as a coun­selor for other young teenagers who have lost their grand­par­ents.

We are proud to honor this year’s Home­town Hero’s re­ceiv­ing hon­or­able men­tion are: T.K. Adams, Tichelle Florence, Ja­son Stri­b­ling, Jajuan Shaw, Joseph Grif­fin and Robin Slo­man.

It doesn’t take much to be a hero only a car­ing heart and courage. This year’s win­ner and hon­or­able men­tions have more than enough of both.

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