They are helping find a cure. They are leading our children. They are making our communities better places to live.
This year’s selection of Kane County Chronicle Everyday Heroes is truly making a difference.
I’m honored to present this year’s special section, which highlights our 2016 Everyday Heroes.
We started the section in 2013 as a way to recognize those in the community who have given back in some way but often aren’t recognized.
This year, we have some amazing Everyday Heroes. Take for example Dawn Duesler, who is involved with HorsePower Therapeutic Riding in Maple Park.
She has made an impact at the nonprofit, which provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities.
In nominating Duesler as an Everyday Hero, HorsePower co-founder Carrie Capes described her as exceedingly generous, kind and a natural teacher who has a tireless work ethic and a confident, positive and calm presence in the arena.
“She is someone I frequently rely upon for tricky students as I know she is capable of ‘digging deep’ and making every attempt to meet each student where they are at no matter their level of functioning,” Capes wrote in the nomination.
And then there is Mike McDevitt, who is a firefighter and paramedic with the North Aurora Fire Department.
Victoria Muller, a 911 dispatcher, nominated him as an Everyday Hero.
“The truly heroic thing is that he never keeps score or expects anything in return,” she wrote in her nomination. “He just genuinely believes that if you have the means to help someone you should.”
More inspiring stories complete this special section. Feedback can be sent to me using the contact information at the end of this column.
Congratulations to our 2016 Everyday Heroes!
Kathy Balcazar is editor of the Kane County Chronicle, Elburn Herald and Sugar Grove Herald and is a member of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at ninaonline.org.