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Bell wins Midway Citizenship Award
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Midway CIC’s 2021 Humanitarian Award went to hometown heroes. Pictured, front row, from left, are Suzanne Parsley, Kim Swoape with Ryker Swoape, Kristina Cannon and Ben Cannon. Second row, Melissa Jenkins, Jamie Herriman, Robin Bell and Pat Moore. - photo by Lisa Hobbs
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Midway CIC’s Citizenship Award winner is Tyler Bell. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

The 2021 Midway CIC Citizenship Award went to a man who’s been active in the Midway community since before he could walk, due to the positive influence of family. 

Tyler Bell was bestowed this year’s Citizenship Award, a recognition to the individual or individuals who best promote the community’s welfare. 

During the summer months, Bell can be found fixing anything that’s broken or coaching a variety of age groups at the ballfield. During the offseason, he volunteers at the fair, cares for the community center grounds, and currently serves as president of Midway CIC. 

“I knew something was up,” said Bell, who felt he was tricked by well-meaning individuals aimed at keeping him close to the grandstands as the awards were announced.

The 29-year-old is the great-grandson of Fred and Adell Bell, who were the first couple to receive the award 49 years go. When asked how it felt to share the recognition with his great grandparents, Tyler stated, “It feels pretty good.” 

Midway also presents an annual Humanitarian Award. This year’s recipients were Hometown Heroes, anyone within the community who serves their community in the medical field, first-responders, law enforcement, veteran, etc. 

Stepping forward to accept the recognition were Suzanne Parsley, Kim Swoape, Kristina Cannon, Ben Cannon, Melissa Jenkins, Jamie Herriman, Robin Bell and Pat Moore.