Award forgotten for months finally presented
HANCOCK COUNTY, W. Va. —
A prestigious award sat in a folder for months, while the recipient had no idea he had even been nominated.
Just in time for the new year, it was found and celebrated Sunday.
"I kind of volunteer for anything somebody would need help,” said Gloria Jerrel, the nominator.
Jerrell is part of 12 different organizations, volunteering her time to stay busy.
"American Legion, VFW, Renaissance Festival Committee, and several others,” Jerrel said. “Board of Directors for Green Briar Manor…”
Jerrel did not nominate herself for the 2017 Governor’s Service Award. Instead, she nominated her good friend, active community member and businessman Pat Ford.
"I was thinking of Pat because he’s so involved in everything,” Jerrel said.
After months of not hearing anything, she assumed her efforts had failed.
"Actually, I thought it was probably over, and he didn’t get it because nobody said anything,” Jerrel said. “So I thought ‘well, maybe it’s over and somebody else got it’.”
To neither of their knowledge, the award got misplaced in Ford’s office among other similar folders, that come in the same governor’s stamped folder.
"It’s an honor to be recognized for things you do when you know that people aren’t watching,” Ford said. “It was in there with other similar documents, and when I saw it, got me all choked up.”
Perhaps a few months overdue, but Ford had the chance to thank Jerrel today.
“And to be recognized by someone who is the defection of community service, that warms my heart.” Ford said. “We just - quite frankly - need more people like her.”
Jerrel is just happy to know he was recognized.
"I’m just really glad he got it, because he deserves it,” Jerrel said.