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Published on November 08, 2006

Don Bark Honored at 2006 Tribute to Heroes

November 08, 2006

Don Bark was honored at the Tribute to Heroes on Oct. 5. His award was accepted by his son, Dan, and wife, Joanna Bark.

Don Bark was honored at the
Tribute to Heroes on Oct. 5. His
award was accepted by his son,
Dan, and wife, Joanna Bark.

On October 5, the Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America, celebrated their 4th Annual DeKalb County Tribute to Heroes. The celebration and awards recognize members of the community dedicated to community service and especially to the growth and wellbeing of youth in their communities. Honorees are known for providing excellent examples of leadership, community responsibility, and personal integrity. Through these awards, the Three Fires Council hopes to provide role models and examples for the young members of the community, recognition to those who have served selflessly in the communities where they live and work, and acknowledgment of all men and women in military service, both past and present.

Honored posthumously at the ceremony this year was long-time Sandwich resident, Don Bark. Presented by Harold Dannewitz, fellow city council member, the award was accepted by his family, wife, Joanna, daughter, Kathy Chapman (Schererville IN) and son, Dan Bark. At the time of his death in April, Bark was serving his third term representing the 4th ward, active in the Sandwich Historical Society, and in his 28th year with the Sandwich Fair Association, where he managed vendor space. A retired Sandwich Police Officer and Deputy Fire Chief, Bark also was a past president of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Affairs, a founding member of the Sandwich Emergency Ambulance Service, and past president of State Fair Board Association.

In addition to the etched award, Bark’s family received on his behalf, an American flag that flew over the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore and was touched to the four corners of the county, symbolizing how those honored touched the lives of so many people.

Other 2006 Tribute to Heroes Honorees include Sally Stevens, Cliff Golden, and Chuck and Kathy Siebrasse. Previous recipients of the Tribute to Heroes awards include Reverend Robert Dell, Karen Sepaniak, Harold Dannewitz, and Dave Baker and the Open Door Rehabilitation Center.

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