♦Community Harvest Food Bank announced that Jane Avery, executive director, has been honored by Gov. Mitch Daniels with the Distinguished Hoosier Award. She was nominated by Norma Hoffman and State Sen. David Long.
♦Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) announced new employees. Sherry Early-Aden was hired as asset development coordinator; Kim Myers and Lauren Caggiano have been hired as development coordinators. Ted Ramp was hired as a weatherization inspector to assure that energy-efficiency and health and safety-related problems will be addressed in clients' homes; Jayma Carr and Jennica Kearby are new Head Start teachers.
♦Wells Fargo announced that John Burda has been named a senior business banking relationship manager for Fort Wayne.
■The City of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Fire Department honored firefighters and other local heroes recently during the FWFD Service Awards. All the firefighters were recognized for saving a life at a house fire on Bowser Avenue in April 2008. In addition, firefighters honored at the ceremony with meritorious service awards include: Capt. Jeffery Berning and firefighters Heath Bearman and Michelle Nelson. Firefighters receiving an Individual Commendation Award include: Capt. Matthew Peckham, Lt. Rich Dolsen Jr., firefighters Tyler Bruce, Andrew Nieberding, Jon Plant and John Sierra. Officer Keith Wallace of the Fort Wayne Police Department received a Citizen Action Meritorious Valor Award, for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and assisting the medics at the Bowser fire. Ben Franke was presented a Citizen Action Meritorious Award for helping his neighbors escape a fire in their home on Rolston Avenue on March 11, 2008. Dr. Charles Coats was honored with a Citizen Action Meritorious Award for performing CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) in saving a person's life at the Fort Wayne International Airport terminal on March 31, 2008. Monique Myles received a Citizen Action Meritorious Award for performing CPR on a child who had been pulled unconscious from an apartment complex swimming pool April 27, 2008, saving the child's life.