Morris honored as ‘Hero'
Published 7:05 pm Monday, November 13, 2006
By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
For those who know Jerry Morris, they know he has always been a Southern Hero. But even folks in Atlanta have become aware of the heroic deeds of this Brewton man.
Family and friends of Morris gathered Wednesday at noon to celebrate the Southern Heroes Award presented to the local award recipient.
Morris' son, Jeremy, made the nomination on behalf of his father. The nomination was reviewed by a panel of judges and five individuals were named to the spotlight as the 2006 Southern Heroes.
The award was made in the form of a plaque to Morris as well as a $2000 check, which was presented to the Escambia Dog Search Association in honor of the recipient's achievements.
Morris also showed appreciation for the honor bestowed upon him as a result of his son's recognition.
Morris is a volunteer and director for the Escambia Search Dog Association, Inc., a non-profit organization that specializes in the search, rescue and recovery of lost or otherwise missing individuals, Dawsen said.
The Southern Heroes program was founded in 2004 by the SouthernLinc Wireless company. The program annually recognizes five individuals in the Southeast who are making communities stronger, safer and more united.
Other recipients of the award were Steve Orel of Birmingham; Jena Sims of Winder, Ga.; James D. Thornton of Petal, Miss.; and John Winfree of Pensacola, Fla.
The company is recognizing the five Southern Heroes by sponsoring celebrations and recognition ceremonies in their hometowns.
SouthernLinc Wireless further recognizes the heroes' efforts by contributed $2,000 to the non-profit organization or charity of each hero's choice.