Owensboro Residents Earn Special Recognition on National High Five Day
Today is National High Five and we've teamed up with Jiffy Lube to honor some local residents who go above and beyond every day to make a difference for the people in their lives and the lives of the people they randomly encounter.
A couple of weeks ago, we asked WBKR listeners to send us the names and photos of local "unsung" heroes. Our goal- to celebrate people who aren't normally used to getting public praise. We were looking for people who are just themselves and do what they do, not for any kind of recognition, but because it's simply who they are.
We got some terrific nominations and we're going to spend the day sharing some of them. After all, like I mentioned, it's National High Five Day and this is a sort of "virtual" High Five!
Eric Wimsatt was nominated by his wife, Tiffany. Eric has worked for the Owensboro Police Department for over five years now and, according to Tiffany, "answers some of the most horrific calls, but that never turns him away." She admits that he sacrifices holidays, birthdays, soccer games and other family events, but does it to protect our city. She says that he has a passion for helping others and to keep Owensboro safe. Tiffany says, "He is a hero not only to me, but his children as well." She adds, "Our two boys are so proud of their daddy and we are blessed to have our hero in our lives."
WILMA "JEAN "JULIUS
Wilma was nominated for a Virtual High Five by Halie Ellis. Halie says that Wilma "Jean" "is THE definition of a Hometown Hero!" Jean has been a CASA advocate since 2018 and, since that time, has helped and advocated for multiple children in our community. Halie adds that, before she was an advocate, "Jean was a registered nurse and has dedicated her life to helping others."
SYLVIA HOYT CLARY
Rose Greathouse nominated Sylvia Hoyt Clary and thrift shoppers here in Owensboro will likely agree with giving her a big ol' High Five! Sylvia works locally at the St. Vincent De Paul Store and "is always kind and always has a smile on her face."
Bobbie Jo Piper told us that her daughter is her hero. How sweet is that? Bethanie Reynolds is also a mom. Bobbie says "she doesn't have much time to spend in the community because she's busy at home." And we're certain that's the case. See, Bethanie is raising a small community of her own. She has 4-month-old- Peyton. Jason and Jackson will be two in October. Carter will be 3. Bethanie has five children total and is most definitely a hero to them.
Happy National High Five Day to Eric, Jean, Sylvia and Bethanie! And stay tuned. We'll have more shout outs and Virtual High Fives to celebrate here at WBKR. And, one more big High Five to Jiffy Lube for helping us celebrate our local, unsung heroes!