OREGON (WREX) — Many heroes have risen to the occasion during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Oregon Chamber Commerce on Wednesday announced its first recipient of a new award it created to honor community members.
Honoree Deborah Johnson works at Serenity Hospice and Home, where she was the first employee to volunteer to enter homes of sick patients at the start of the pandemic.
The Oregon Chamber of Commerce says it chose here for this award because she put her life on the line for others without hesitation.
"It wasn't as scary as I thought it was. Even thought I had the full PPE on I didn't feel there was a threat, I didn't feel like I was in danger. I was just doing what I do and that's being a nurse," Debra Johnson, Community Hero Award recipient.
More unsung heroes will be honored throughout year.