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Nurses at Oregon School District receive ‘Hero Award’ from Oregon Chamber, Byron Generating Station

Each recipient or group receives $5,000, which includes $1,000 in gift cards for local businesses.
Nurses at Oregon School District receive ‘Hero Award’ from Oregon Chamber, Byron Generating...
Nurses at Oregon School District receive ‘Hero Award’ from Oregon Chamber, Byron Generating Station(Oregon Chamber, Byron Generating Station)
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 2:48 PM CDT
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OREGON, Ill. (WIFR) - The Oregon Chamber of Commerce and Byron Generating Station presented the 5th “Hero Award” to a group of nurses in charge of the health and safety of the students of the Oregon School District on Tuesday.

The Hero Awards are given to workers, residents and volunteers in the area who went above and beyond in their communities during the pandemic. Each recipient or group receives $5,000, which includes $1,000 in gift cards for local businesses.

Sara Rowe, Sharon Hoover and Jennifer Hernandez thought they were called to the school district for a meeting, but instead were surprised with flowers and a check for each of them. The award was given for all of their hard work during the pandemic. They’ll share the award with fellow nurse Linsey Breeden, who was unable to attend the event. The program is funded by Exelon Generation.

“I’m just so thankful for the staff that we have and for our nurses specifically, having to communicate with our public so much,” Dr. Tom Mahoney, superintendent of Oregon Community Unit School District 220 said. “Sometimes the news wasn’t very good, but they handled it with a lot of class and empathy. They went above and beyond.”

The program so far has awarded $25,000 to nine individuals in the area around Byron Generating Station, including health care workers, food pantry helpers and all-around citizen heroes.

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