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Kennedy selected for Heroes Among Us award

February 15, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

Traer's own Dahn Kennedy has been selected for the Military category of the 14th Annual "Heroes Among Us" Awards for her Hometown Hearts project by members of the community secretly nominating her.

Sara Knoop and Patty Suess led the campaign without Kennedy's knowledge over the past several months. The contest was put on by the Covenant Foundation, recognizing "Heroes Among Us" in several different categories.

"Patty Suess sent me the link to nominate a hero and asked if Dahn Kennedy would be a good candidate and I told her absolutely," Knoop said. "Seeing as I'm a military mom, I love Dahn's passion for her Hometown project."

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Dahn Kennedy with boxes to be fillled with items shipped to military members as part of her “Hometown Hearts” project. Photo submitted.

Suess was out of state at the time, so the two women texted back and forth and Knoop created a private Facebook group to get people to vote for Kennedy. Both women discussed how they would love for this to be a surprise if they could pull it off and get Kennedy nominated. Through the Facebook group, the ladies were able to put together 94 nominations for Kennedy to receive the award by the deadline last month.

"Living in small town I thought for sure our little secret would be busted, but to our surprise it wasn't," Knoop said. "I was beyond excited for her and that she got this. Dahn is so deserving of this award. She is a women that wholeheartedly puts everything she has into this project being a veteran herself and now her son in the National Guard it hits home for her so she gives it 110 percent of her heart."

Kennedy and six other recipients will be recognized in an awards ceremony and breakfast on March 27 at the Diamond Event Center in Cedar Falls. Knoop, Kennedy's husband and others will join her for the breakfast and presentation.

"I received an email from the Covenant Foundation and it was a complete surprise to me," Kennedy said. "It was emotional for me because I do the Hometown Hearts to support the military, not for awards. It meant a lot for people to recognize this work."



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