Yavapai County Supervisor A.G. "Chip" Davis has named longtime Cottonwood resident Tom Henry as December's Unsung Hero.
The candidates for the award are nominated each month by a different department within the Yavapai County Government. This nomination process was adopted to provide for a broad representation of the community.
The award is called the "Unsung" Hero Award because it recognizes those individuals that don't seek the limelight or the spotlight but are, as Supervisor Davis said, "great people who do good things."
This month's award winner was nominated by the Superior Court.
Henry has been a resident of the Verde Valley since 1959. He was a teacher at Mingus Union High School and coached basketball for 22 years.
Upon retiring, Tom quickly found many community programs for which he volunteers his time. Tom has served as a Big Brother, community advisor and chairman of the Foster Care Review Board. Additionally, Tom volunteers at the Senior Behavioral Health Unit of the Verde Valley Medical Center and has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for seventeen years.
Superior Court Judge Robert Brutinel says Tom has a way of bonding with and helping the teenagers that come through the CASA program that no one else has. Tom definitely has an impressive list of volunteerism. His dedication to his community, and particularly children, is remarkable.