Hometown Heroes: Kim Kees & Arland Daniel

By: Anna Smithson
By: Anna Smithson

Most people strive to be valued and listened to. Teenagers especially need to be heard during their ever-changing lives.

Greenwood High School students have one very special custodian who listens and loves them unconditionally, no matter what they talk to her about.

"I'm paid to care for kids, but that's not the reason I do it. In her (Kim Kees) job description no where does it say to care for kids, she took that upon herself at her own initiative," said Marti Guelde, guidance counselor at GHS.

For the past several years GHS custodian Kim Kees has been taking children at GHS under her wing.

"She does a lot. She brings us food; she talks with us when we have problems; she cries with us when we cry," said GHS junior, Lena Scheuerell.

Kees even encouraged one child to keep trying when he was just about to give up.

"She does a lot for me. She convinced me to go to summer school, and to stay in school when I was not doing good in school at all and i was going to drop out," said GHS sophomore Justin Massey.

Kees holds a special place in the hearts of students and administrators.

"Mrs. Kees, although she's not a teacher, she does teach one of the most important lessons we have here at the school and that's is that of relationships," said Brad Tolbert, GHS assistant principal.

The students love Kees's advice, but more importantly they love the time she spends with them.

"She listens and that's what every kids needs, someone to listen," said GHS sophomore Brittany Worman.

Kees was in shock to hear she was selected as a hometown hero.

"I am just honored. It's a dream," Kees said.

WBKO found another outstanding person in South Central Kentucky who deserved to be called a hero.

Arland Daniel works for the Kentucky Department of Transportation as safety patrol.

"When I think of the safety patrol drivers, I think they are all intense and have difficult jobs because they are out there on the roads constantly," said Keirsten Jaggers of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

While performing his daily duties Daniel helped a family traveling through Kentucky while they were stranded on Interstate 65 in the early hours of Oct. 27, 2006. This family wrote to Governor Ernie Fletcher to thank him for supporting such a great program on Kentucky highways and to also show their gratitude to Daniel and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet .

"I was surprised. I don't think we did anything more than what we like to do. We want to do this and all of us, there are five of us, really like our job and want to do it so we can help people," Arland Daniel said.

And if you know someone you think deserves to be honored as a hometown hero you can send WBKO an e-mail at hero@wbko.com.


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