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Jefferson Award Winner: Steve Olson Video included

After years of as an officer at the Eau Claire Police Department, July's Jefferson Awards winner had the goal to stay active in retirement. That passion for fitness has become contagious, spreading throughout the L.E. Phillips Senior Center.

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Jefferson Award Winner: Joe Luginbill Video included

Many times, News 18's Jefferson Awards winner is an unheralded volunteer, making the community better from the background. But June's recipient is a face familiar to many in the Eau Claire community.

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  • Jefferson Award Winner: Cheryl O'Connell

    Jefferson Award Winner: Cheryl O'Connell

    When the last bell rings, signaling the end of the day at Eau Claire's Longfellow Elementary, the work begins for Cheryl O'Connell. But she wouldn't call it that. ..

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    When the last bell rings, signaling the end of the day at Eau Claire's Longfellow Elementary, the work begins for Cheryl O'Connell. But she wouldn't call it that. ..

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  • Jefferson Award Winner: Andrew Mercil

    Jefferson Award Winner: Andrew Mercil

    When asked why he chooses to stay so busy Andrew simply replied, "My mother always taught us growing up to give back to the community."

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    When asked why he chooses to stay so busy Andrew simply replied, "My mother always taught us growing up to give back to the community."

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  • Jefferson Award Winner: Mik Devereaux

    Jefferson Award Winner: Mik Devereaux

    You'll notice her sparkling smile first. Jefferson Award Winner Mik Devereaux may not look like a crime fighter but she is one. 

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    You'll notice her sparkling smile first. Jefferson Award Winner Mik Devereaux may not look like a crime fighter but she is one. 

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  • Jefferson Award Winner: Ron Decker

    Jefferson Award Winner: Ron Decker

    500 hundred hours on the road and more than 300 meals delivered. Those would be some impressive numbers for any sub shop or pizza parlor employee but Ron Decker has spent all that time behind the wheel unpaid. 

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    500 hundred hours on the road and more than 300 meals delivered. Those would be some impressive numbers for any sub shop or pizza parlor employee but Ron Decker has spent all that time behind the wheel unpaid. 

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  • Jefferson Award Winner: John Henningsen

    Jefferson Award Winner: John Henningsen

    Across the county 1 in 5 people do not have access to affordable health insurance. They are our neighbors, coworkers, friends and even family. A retired physician from Rice Lake is working to change that, but the work of this remarkable volunteer doesn't stop at the city limits.

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    Across the county 1 in 5 people do not have access to affordable health insurance. They are our neighbors, coworkers, friends and even family. A retired physician from Rice Lake is working to change that, but the work of this remarkable volunteer doesn't stop at the city limits.

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