Sunday, Dec 8, 2013
Saline County Honors Harrisburg Mayor
HARRISBURG - In the middle of recovery efforts from the Leap Day storm in Harrisburg, the city's mayor was dealing with a life threatening illness. On Saturday, community members came together to show their mayor that his work in the area during a tumultuous time did not go unnoticed.
This community has gone through its share of struggles and now its time to focus on its blessings. One of them being Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg.
"After the flood and the tornado everything seemed so overwhelming to the community but yet Mr. Gregg stepped up and helped us move forward and do things one day at a time and make things better," said Katrinka Stevers.
Each year the Saline County Mayoral Committee plans to hold a fundraiser breakfast for charity. This year they committee chose to honor Gregg for his efforts during the Leap Day tornado.
"For what he's done for Saline County, it's the least we could do for him," said longtime friend Dale Fowler
Just weeks after the February 29th tornado Mayor Gregg became ill with diverticulitus. He underwent emergency surgery and had 18 inches of his intestine removed.
"I've been blessed by just the outpouring of prayers and thoughts and support. So I sit here today a very fortunate individual," said Gregg.
The money raised from this years breakfast will help with his medical expenses.
"His dedication to the community and all the citizens of the county, not only the county, not just Harrisburg, not just Saline County but all of Southern Illinois. He really wants to bring our region together as one," said Fowler.
"Everywhere I go I want to say thank you to somebody. Thank you to people that I'm around," said Gregg.
Wind: 9 MPH
Humidity: 93 %