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ECLH honors first responders & unsung heroes

Dallas Police Officer Ronnie Brackseick receives his award

Dallas Fire and Rescue officer, Steve Bailey, receives his award

Unsung Hero Award recipient, Greg Smith

Dixie Moore with sons, Christian and Cameron, with ECLH member Rhonda Russell and president, Bryan McCrory

The primary mission of the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands is to serve the local community, and in carrying out this mission the club regularly honors Dallas police officers and Dallas Fire and Rescue personnel who work to protect and serve us all.

In addition the club periodically honors private citizens who work tirelessly to make a difference in our community without seeking recognition – a real "unsung heroes."

Recent quarterly awards included:

Dallas Police Officer Ronnie Brackseick was presented the quarterly police award.

For the past 20 years Officer Brackseick has served the community from the DPD Northeast Substation.

According to Dallas Police Sergeant Kaiser, who introduced Officer Bracksieck to the audience, Officer Bracksieck has served with distinction and spent his entire career "doing his job the right way."

Fireman Steve Bailey was presented the quarterly Fire & Rescue Award.

Mr. Bailey joined Dallas Fire and Rescue in 1990 and has served the community in various roles ever since. Dallas Fire and Rescue Captain Courson introduced Mr. Bailey to the audience and remarked that he has a "true love for our community."

Lastly the club honored Greg Smith with its Unsung Hero Award.

Mr. Smith has worked tirelessly and passionately to improve the lives of students at Conrad High School in the low income Vickery Meadows area.

Among his many endeavors at Conrad, Mr. Smith has been a volunteer coach for the girls softball team, helped organize pregame meals and post-season banquets for the various athletic teams, provided rides for student-athletes to basketball games and helped organize the annual Homecoming football game.

Mr. Smith paid for two students on the Conrad softball team to attend Young Life camp and has organized Bible studies for student-athletes.

John York of the Exchange Club read several testimonials from friends of Mr. Smith who praised him for "encouraging kids who need encouragement" and "for being more than just a softball coach to these kids, but also a life coach."

A common theme throughout the testimonials Mr. Smith's genuine love for the kids at Conrad and his provision of help and support with no expectation of anything in return. Mr. Smith is a true unsung hero in our community.

The club also presented a gift of $750 to Northlake Elementary to assist students in attending an educational camp at Sky Ranch. Accepting the gift on behalf of the school was Dixie Moore and her sons, Christian and Cameron.



The Exchange Club meets Friday mornings at 7:00 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 10110 Shoreview Drive.

To learn more about the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands visit the group's website here.



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