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Barr named Hero of the Heartland

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Chamber award given quarterly

By Marty Finley

Sgt. Misty Barr is a soldier who refuses to turn anyone away who needs help and joined the U.S. Army to take care of soldiers, said Michael Bowden, transition coordinator of the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Knox.

Barr was given the Hero of the Heartland award during the monthly Hardin County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday at North Side Hall in Radcliff.

The award is presented quarterly during chamber meetings to wounded warriors and was created last year by the 2012 Leadership Hardin County class as a project after it visited the Warrior Transition Battalion, said class president Holly Stapleton.

The leadership program brings together community and business leaders who examine local opportunities for growth and areas for improvement. One of the class requirements is a team project. Freedom Metals, which buys and processes recyclable scrap material, sponsors the award.

Bowden said Barr has held numerous duty stations and was assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Knox for medically related purposes. He said she shows a willingness to give back to soldiers in whatever ways possible, even something as simple as filling out reports or filing paperwork.

The battalion also presented certificates of appreciation to the chamber, Stapleton, Freedom Metals and AGC Automotive.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.