Editorial: A community of heroes
Last Aug. 17, Jami Cummings ventured into Worthington's Lake Okabena to rescue a woman and her young child who were in danger of drowning.
On Friday night, during the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau annual meeting, Cummings was rightfully recognized for her remarkable effort. She was presented with the Robert P. Connelly Medal of Heroism, an award from Kiwanis International, for which members of Worthington's Early Risers and Noon Kiwanis groups had jointly submitted an application. In a touching few moments, Cummings was thanked and embraced by the family she aided that August day, and an interpreter told of how much Cummings' heroism meant to them.
This type of recognition should make all of us proud, because it is emblematic of just what kind of people we have in this community. But, Cummings was by no means the only hero honored Friday night.
Orville Lien, who came to Worthington in 1950 and opened his business, Lien Electric, shortly afterward, is a hero in a different right. All these years later, Lien still is a regular at his place of business. And, his involvement with Worthington's Chamber dates back decades -- he was its 1979 president.
Mick's Repair, co-owned by brothers Kelly and Terry Eggers and their father, Mick Eggers, was also presented Friday with the Worthington Hospitality Award for the third time. And, Worthington police officer Jacki Dawson was recognized with the Chamber's Friend of Education Award.
We commend each of these people for their contributions to our community, and for the excellent examples they set for all of us.