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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
CARLISLE - Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) Commissioner Coins have been awarded to a very special Sullivan County couple at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF).
Commissioner Coins were presented to Jeff and Michelle McNeely for outstanding duty and performance by Commissioner Bruce Lemmon. Normally the honor is given for accomplishments in a correctional setting but this time the presentation was for community service.
Commissioner Lemmon learned their unselfish acts of kindness have been directed to former WVCF Correctional Officer Gerald Kieffer. Kieffer, a 20 year veteran of the maximum-security prison retired in 2012. Since retirement Gerald and his wife Becky have faced numerous health related issues. And that’s where Jeff and Michelle come into the picture.
Jeff stops by every day to check on the Kieffer’s, gets them groceries weekly, takes them to the store/appointments, fixes things around the house, while Michelle helps keep their home clean and tidy.
“Just helping out our friends,” said Jeff.
When Commissioner Lemmon discovered the depth of Jeff and Michelle’s generosity to the Kieffer’s and others in need around Sullivan, he wanted to thank them personally for their community service.
The McNeely’s have gone about their business of helping others quietly in the Sullivan area, never seeking recognition. Commissioner Lemmon took the occasion of awarding their daughter, Abby, with a corrections related scholarship to also make the Commissioner Coin presentations.
“The IDOC keeps the public safe and prepares our offenders for a successful return to society. We also believe in being good neighbors and supporting our communities, as so positively exemplified by Jeff and Michelle,” Commissioner Lemmon said.
Michelle has been part of the WVCF Business Office for 14 years while Jeff spent his first two years at Wabash Valley as a Correctional Officer and the last seven as a Building Trades Instructor with Oakland City University.
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News Writer: Lucy Perry