Community activist and avid volunteer John Reider, owner of John Reider Properties, was presented with the 2013 Linda Neault Citizen Award for Community Service at the 25th annual Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Celebration on Monday night.
The community service award was named for the late Neault, who also was an avid volunteer and considered to be an exemplary member of the Harker Heights community.
More than 400 people attended the banquet, with the theme Life is Grand, at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.
Randy Sutton, president of the First State Bank Central Texas in Harker Heights, was named the fifth recipient of the Kern-Cox Founders Award. Named for city founders Pinckney R. Cox and Harley Kern, the annual award is given to a resident who has made substantial contributions to Harker Heights’ development.
“I can tell you this, I don’t deserve this, but I really appreciate the honor,” Sutton said. “I will continue to work hard for this community as long as I am here.”
Police Officer of the Year was presented to Officer Dave Haley, who has worked for the Harker Heights Police Department for more than 15 years.
As the community services officer, Haley is single-handedly responsible for the acquisition, restoration and delivery of more than 40 bicycles to children in the community for the past four years, through the “Blue Santa” program, according to the department.
Paramedic/Firefighter Jacob Cardona, a member of the fire department since 2008, was named Firefighter of the Year. He was nominated by the community and his co-workers for having a strong work ethic, integrity and values that are apparent in every aspect of his work, according to the department.
Central Texas College was named Large Business of the Year, and Eva Keagle, owner of Eva Sells, was presented with the Small Business of the Year award.
Chamber Ambassador of the Year was presented to Travis Knight, associate executive director for the Armed Services YMCA in Killeen.
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