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Retired Spring Valley Ambulance Association chief receives honor


SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (KTTC) -- For former Spring Valley Ambulance Association director Jim Cooper, Sunday was a special day.

To top it all off, he received an award.

Cooper was honored by the Spring Valley Kiwanis Club as their "Spring Valley Citizen of the Year" at a ceremony held at the Spring Valley Community Center. He was recognized for directing the SVAA for 26 years until his retirement this August.

"It just totally caught me off guard that people in this community have those kinds of feelings for me," says Cooper. "It's pretty special."

Among the things Cooper did to help out the Spring Valley community was to help build a replacement headquarters for the SVAA, which opened recently. He says that he takes great pride for the work that he did in Spring Valley and for the ambulance company.

"I enjoyed what I was doing when I worked in the ambulance service down here and it was always kind of my avocation in life to do that."

 From the anecdotes shared by friends and family during his banquet, other people also enjoyed his work.

"I tried my best not to get choked up while I was listening to the speeches but I think once I get home I'm going to sit back and reflect on it. I think then it'll begin to really sink in."

For Cooper, he can now call himself "Citizen of the Year."

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