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(Front row, from left) Dennis Lybarger, Robert Kilzer, Thomas Beavers, Paul Kelso, Charles Dobias, Caine Kelso and Jim DeGroff; (back row) Ronnie Hicks, Eric Reelitz, Robert Ridenour, Harry Nelson, Stephen Hyatt, Anthony Robison, Marvin Meng and William Johnson.
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Chapter color guard members bring in the colors. In front are Eric Reelitz and Robert Ridenour (right) of Dorsey.
EDWARDSVILLE — The General George Rogers Clark Chapter Sons of the American Revolution held its annual awards dinner Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the First Christian Church.
Color guard members presented the chapter’s historic flag program. The program can be presented to schools and civic organizations.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the SAR Hero Award to Keith Mills of Marine. Mills was returning home from work at Boeing when he stopped at a gas station and saw a woman collapse. The woman, Michelle Clark, was having a heart attack. Mills, a volunteer firefighter, jumped into action and performed life-saving CPR, saving Clark’s life.
“Keith is a true hero,” chapter awards program chairman Lloyd Schwarz said. “Time is of the essence in such a situation. The SAR is proud to recognize Keith and to have his wife and daughter here with us tonight.”
New chapter members receiving their membership certificates at the dinner were Phillip Corlew of Edwardsville, Jerry Oglesby of Bethalto, and Jackson and Samuel Compas of St. Louis.
The General George Rogers Clark Chapter has been active in the area since its organization in February 1986. Activities include sponsorship of a Little League team, honoring heroic deeds of first responders and brave citizens, recognizing JROTC and ROTC cadets, recognizing outstanding American history teachers, participating in Wreaths Across America, honoring Eagle Scouts, and identifying and marking Revolutionary War patriot graves. Information is available on the chapter website, http://ggrc-sar-il.org/, or by calling Jim DeGroff at (618) 667-8660.