by Lisa Tome
Gabe Kiebler could barely contain his excitement.
After his father, Bob, was named the Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, Gabe, 8, couldn't wait to congratulate his father with a hug.
Bob Kiebler, who works at Harrington Mita was honored on behalf of the chamber, Craig Camacho, vice president of marketing and customer relations for Harrington Mita, presented the award.
"He's (Kiebler) a unique individual who is selfless. He gives so much of himself and puts everybody first," said Camacho. He also said that Kiebler is a mentor to others. "He will do whatever it takes to do the right thing for the customer."
It's not just in business that Kiebler is a leader. "He fought two fires (recently) and then was at work. He's a community mentor and leads by example," said Camacho. Camacho also commended Kiebler's wife, Jamie and Gabe for supporting Bob.
"I love Rising Sun. I moved here in 1979. I love everybody in this town and the surrounding area. What you give people, you get back," said Kiebler. "Everyone here is my family. I never expected this (award). I love this town."
Bud McFadden, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, said all those in attendance, town officials, Community Fire Company of Rising Sun representatives, chamber members, and the Lions Clubs from Rising Sun and Conowingo, all work together to make a better community.
One of those he also credited was Town Commissioner Dave Warnick. Warnick was named the Rising Sun Lions Club Citizen of the Year.
"It's due to hard work and hours of dedication. He has served as town commissioner for two years and just got reelected for four more years. He works for Bank of America," said McFadden.
McFadden said he was looking for Warnick during a Sunday in the fall. He found Warnick and his wife, Becky and daughters, Maddie and Carly, building a bridge in Veterans Park. Warnick is also a volunteer at the local schools, oversees the town's Movies in the Park series, and is also active with the Civil War Reenactment, Spooktacular, Sunfest, and has been instrumental in the creation of a walking path which will connect the town's parks. McFadden also said that Warnick drinks large amounts of coffee. "He's a coffee drinking Mohawk," said McFadden.
Warnick said he was surprised by the award and grateful.