Unsung Heroes

More than 200 people recently gathered to honor the unsung heroes of Naperville. The Judd Kendall VFW and Ladies Auxiliary cohosted the Fourth annual Kendall Honors.

Community members submitted nominations for the top firefighter, police officer, and educators of the year.

Lieutenant David White was the winner from the fire department, Officer Zook Williams took home top cop, and awards were given to an elementary, middle, and high school teacher from each 203 and 204.

Two students also received awards for winning the VFW’s patriotic essay contests at the middle and high school levels.

“We have people in this community that are unsung heroes,” said Jan Barbour, President of the Ladies Auxiliary. “They do it everyday, and this is a chance for them to stand-up and be recognized.”

This year was a big year for the police who also received two lifetime awards.

The first went to the K9 unit who had been nominated every year but never won. The other went to Chief David Dial who will retire in May after 22 years of service.

Kendall Honors celebrates members of the community who best show citizenship, honor, patriotism, and volunteerism to their families, peers, community, and country.

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