Jim and Carol Hetherington of Betheny, Okla., formerly of Poland, were recently honored as 30-year Champions for Change mental health volunteers at the Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma State affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness sponsored the event.
Presenting the awards, which included letters of commendation from Gov. Mary Fallin and Olympic style medallions, was Robert Nash, a captain in the Oklahoma City Police Department. Nash is in charge of training Crisis Intervention Team officers, who intervene when an individual is experiencing a mental health crisis.
Hetherington is a 1953 graduate of Boardman High School and is a graduate of Youngstown State University and Oklahoma City University. He was an air traffic control specialist at Youngstown Municipal Airport and Greater Pittsburgh Airport from 1959 to 1968.
His wife is a graduate of Springfield Local High School.
The couple and their eight children moved to Oklahoma City in 1968 when Hetherington accepted a faculty position at the FAA Academy.