After spending 70 years living and working in St. Elmo and dedicating countless hours towards better his community, Bob Heckert was honored last Monday when he was named the 2017 St. Elmo Citizen of the Year.
“It’s a true honor to be recognized by the whole community,” Heckert said. “Although there are so many deserving people in St. Elmo of this award. I feel very honored.”
The annual award is presented each year during the Labor Day Celebration and awarded to a citizen of the community that demonstrates the following characteristics: community pride and leadership; given of himself/herself to benefit the community, a charity, or organization; and has made a contribution to the welfare and development of the community of St. Elmo and its citizens.
Heckert certainly matches all of those characteristics and then some.
He was raised on Heckert Family Farms outside of St. Elmo which as seen six generations grace their land. His family originally moved to the area from Ohio in the 1860s following the Civil War.
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