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posted: 4/22/2013 5:00 AM

Difference between a celebrity and a hero

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On Wednesday April 17th on the back page of your paper there was a story how Wheeling honored a "Wheeling" woman for winning the Biggest Loser. She was honored with a "Danni Allen Day", a key to the city, a plaque and a reception.

About a year ago, a friend of mine was driving her son to school on a day that was not her normal carpool day. Through God's grace she witnessed an accident of a man who had a heart attack while driving and crashed his car into the side of a building.

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June immediately rushed to help him. She noticed the driver had no pulse and performed CPR until paramedics came. She ultimately saved this man's life. My friend, June, is a lifelong resident of Wheeling, a Wheeling High School alumni and volunteers at the Chicago Marathon. She also happens to be an ER nurse.

About six months after that happened Wheeling did honor her with a plaque. There was no mention of this in your paper, no key to the city, no special day for her and no reception, (which is probably how she preferred it.) I would hope in the future that Wheeling can get its priorities straight and realize who our real heroes are.

Congratulations to Danni because I know it is hard to lose weight. June saved a man's life that day and maybe many lives because of her profession. Enough said.

Kathy Talken

Wheeling

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