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Thirteen Rochester citizens recognized with Mayor's Medal of Honor


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It was part celebration and all surprise as 15 Rochester residents were recognized with the Mayor's Medal of Honor.

The celebration took place Wednesday afternoon at the Mayo Civic Center. Mayor Ardell Brede gave medals to Rochester citizens who stood above and beyond in certain subjects, such as education and city service.

The honorees were unaware they had won anything until they arrived for the ceremony. In the case of Don Carlson, a retired FBI agent who now volunteers at hospice care facilities and soup kitchens, he thought he was going to his granddaughter's tennis match.

Instead, he received the Community Service medal for his work.

"I always think about the t-shirts that some kids wear that say 'just do it,'" said Carlson. "That's kind of my sense and attitude about things."

The honorees were:

Dr. Roger White and John Perkins (Legacy)
Judy Onofrio (Artistic/Cultural Achievement)
Don Bray (City Service)
Don Carlson (Community Service)
Bob Beery (Services to the Elderly)
Dick and Marilyn Fryer (Services to those with Disabilities)
Ellie Ekblad (Youth in Community)
Stephanie Holt (Human Services)
Adam Ferrari (Industry)
Julie Ruzek (Schools and Education)
Joyce Lewis (Heroism)
Dr. Ashok Patel (Diversity)
Eric Kerska (Mayor's Award)

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