Polaris Salutes American Heroes Campaign Winners Revealed
Winners Recognized for Notable Community Contributions and Dedication to Serving Others
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The winners include:
Protecting America: Polaris owner
Nathan Lowderis an Emergency Departmentnursing manager and EMS manager at Franciscan Health Mooresville in Indiana. As the only full-service hospital in Morgan county, Lowder has been putting in countless hours to ensure patients are receiving the best care possible. For the past 12 years he has also volunteered as a firefighter, EMT and EMS coordinator at the Morgantown Volunteer Fire Department. Through his volunteer work he has used his Polaris RZR and Sportsman to respond to calls and reach injured patients where EMS trucks are unable to drive.
Karrah Lambertis an oncology nurse and end of life doula with Ascension St. John Hospitalin Detroit, Michigan. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, visiting restrictions in hospitals were put in place and families were unable to spend time with their loved ones. Lambert worked hard and fast to develop an end of life bereavement team that would spend time with patients and help them virtually connect with family members. This was the first team of its kind and was formed out of necessity due to the pandemic. The team continues the thoughtful approach when patients pass by printing out the last recorded heartbeat and sealing it in a small glass bottle to give to the family. Lambert continues to lead this team, along with her daily oncology nurse duties all while continuing her education.
Growing America: Teachers are the unsung heroes in many lives and with the pandemic they were faced with a new challenge.
Chillicothe, Illinoisbased Heather Bakeris a prime example of this as she rose to the challenge and quickly adapted her teaching style to facilitate virtual learning. She exceeded requirements established for online learning and made sure every student in her class of 22 still received quality, one-on-one instruction to minimize the impact on the children’s education. To end on a high note, Baker made plans for a socially-distanced visit with each student at the end of the schoolyear, so she could express her heartfelt farewell and celebrate their achievements in-person.
Raising Up America: Roy
Tuscanywas an aspiring professional skier when he sustained an injury that severed 45% of his spinal cord. Since then, he has dedicated his life to providing resources to others in similar situations through his non-profit foundation in Reno, Nevadanamed High Fives. As a Polaris RZR owner, Tuscanyprovides what he calls “throttle therapy” to those impacted by life changing injuries. The organization gathers funds to install hand controls in off-road vehicles and organizes outings for disabled off-road enthusiasts to enjoy the freedom and joy of riding. Since starting the foundation in 2009 he has helped an estimated 300 people across 38 states.
Sustaining America: The supply chain has never been more critical and a crucial, but often overlooked part of that is the supplies required to get packages across the country. Polaris RZR and Sportsman owner
Kevin Arnoldlives in Louisburg, North Carolinaand is an industrial maintenance mechanic at International Paper where he has been working tirelessly to help manufacture cardboard boxes while demand for at-home deliveries soared. He continuously puts others needs before his own and is a necessary asset to his company and local community.
Dealer Employee Winner:
Doug Classenis an employee at Country Feeds dealership in Montezuma, Kansasand a 20-year veteran for the local volunteer EMS department. Well-known for being a dependable employee and excellent partner for fellow volunteers, Classen always goes above and beyond in putting others needs before his own. When the pandemic hit, that was even more evident as he was the first to voice concerns and suggest measures to support colleagues that were considered high-risk and keep them out of harm’s way – including one who was battling cancer. His nomination summed up those values best, stating: “he would give you the shirt off his back, if it was the last thing he owned.” Employees like Classen are a mainstay of Polaris dealerships – all of which operate as local independent businesses.
The five owner winners will receive a
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