Several area residents were recognized for their work throughout the communities in which they live at this year’s Hometown Heroes Breakfast.
Bob and Kathy Werner became involved in Habitat for Humanity in 1997 on a whim. Their church had volunteered to help and Bob begged Kathy to join him. That even changed their lives. Together they now do everything from setting up excavation crews to framing the house.
Friday, the received the Guernsey County Hero Award.
"I’ve always wanted people to have a better place to live," explained Kathy Werner. "It’s just always been something I’ve wanted to do. It gave me a way to do that."
The Werner’s also helped establish the Samaritan Center of Guernsey County, a transitional house for homeless families.
"I think you get lend on a path," added Bob Werner. "It’s just like the Samaritan Center. We were brought into that. Kathy was quite the pitbull getting a house donated and getting the grant money and have that house renovated. Now families live there."
A common theme among all the recipients was a sense of humbleness, claiming they aren’t heroes.
"I don’t feel like a hero. They’re telling me they’re going to plaster my face on a bulletin board, but where there’s one face on a bulletin board there’s an army behind that face that makes all of this possible," explained Faith Based Hero and Pastor of Rushing Wind Biker Church Mike McGuire.
This year’s heroes were chosen for going above and beyond ordinary duty. Winners represented Muskingum, Perry, Morgan, Guernsey and Noble Counties. This is the 6th year for the event.