BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) - The Jefferson Award, presented by Antero Resources, highlights individuals who spent countless hours dedicating their time to the community and others. February's winner, Kip Price, exemplifies just that.
Price never served in the military, but that hasn't stopped him from dedicating his time and effort to making sure veterans in our community are recognized.
One of the main things Price is responsible for is getting veterans name and pictures on the "Wall of Honor" located inside the White Hall Wal-Mart.
"I've been responsible for probably over 50 pictures up there at the Wal-Mart Wall of Honor," said Price.
And on that wall is Sergeant Major George Belloni Senior who served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1957.
Ever since Belloni met Price, they've had a close friendship. Belloni nominated Price for the Jefferson Award because every day he's touched by just how much effort Mr. Price puts into making sure veterans are honored.
"We communicate almost every day. I said to my wife - my wife right now has dementia. I told her, I met this fella and he's a real good man," said Belloni with tears in his eyes.
Belloni was given a medal from a recruiter for all the work he's done for veterans. He describes the medal as something that's only given to special people. So what did Belloni do with that special medal given to him? He gave it to Price.
"This is a real good medal," said Belloni. "It's only given to special people. This is what I was told when he gave it to me. He gave me this medal because of what I've been doing for veterans and everything. So I took this medal I figured, well, it was given to me for helping veterans, I'll give it to Kip, cause I know what he's been doing. And I know he's been doing it for a lot longer than when I've known him."
"That's what I want to do, is try to get as much honor and recognition for these veterans and what they've done," said Price. "We wouldn't be free today without their sacrifice."