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Sons of the American Revolution honors Marine firefighter with Hero Award

HERO AWARD Chapter chairman Lloyd Schwarz, left, presents the SAR Hero Award to Keith Mills. Looking on is chapter present Marvin Meng.
HERO AWARD Chapter chairman Lloyd Schwarz, left, presents the SAR Hero Award to Keith Mills. Looking on is chapter present Marvin Meng. Courtesy photo

Marine firefighter Keith Mills was awarded by the Gen. George Rogers Clark Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution with the organization’s Hero Award during its annual awards dinner on Feb. 23 at the First Christian Church in Edwardsville.

Mills was returning home from work at Boeing on Jan. 8 when he stopped at a St. Louis gas station and noticed a woman collapse. The woman, Michelle Clark, was having a heart attack. Mills jumped into action and performed life saving CPR, thus saving Clark’s life.

“Keith is a true hero,” said chapter awards program chairman Lloyd Schwarz. “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.”

Also at the meeting, color guard members presented the chapter’s historic flag program. The program can be presented to schools and civic organizations.

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 Gen. George Rogers Clark Chapter has been active in the local area since its organization in February 1986. Chapter 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.

Additional information is available on the chapter website ggrc-sar-il.org or by calling Jim DeGroff at 667-8660.

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