Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Opinion

October 5, 2012

Shelly Wilfong sets a good example for all

One of Goshen’s outstanding residents will be honored Sunday by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for her work helping others.

Shelly Wilfong,  an educator at Goshen High School and volunteer firefighter with the Elkhart Township Fire Department, will be honored at an Indianapolis Colts game. Why? Because she cares about others.

Wilfong heads up the International Baccalaureate program at GHS, which has grown over the past few years and challenges high school students to reach beyond the normal diploma and complete advanced coursework to earn the IB diploma. We think Wilfong has nurtured the program well, and we are proud of her for that effort.

But what really makes us proud is that Wilfong has reached out to others while they are suffering from disease or injury and offers help as well as a gift to help ease their strain. Volunteer firefighters like Wilfong take time from their busy personal lives to train to meet professional standards for the positions they fill on a volunteer basis. Without these dedicated people, our local health care system could not function and lives and property would be in dire jeopardy.

Wilfong has also reached out to victims of  cancer in Bloomington and donates Colts football tickets to them. This generous gift allows families fighting a life-threatening illness to spend a Sunday afternoon at a Colts game and set aside for a few hours the worries over a loved one’s failing health.

On Sunday, when Wilfong steps onto the Colts gridiron to receive her award, she will be honored for her good deeds. In turn, the Goshen community will also be honored as one of our finest is recognized for her selfless actions that are so common throughout our community.

It is good to know that there are many people like Shelly Wilfong willing to serve in our community. We thank her and all her firefighting colleagues for their dedication to the people of Goshen.

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