RAVENNA, Neb. — A lifelong Ravenna resident is being recognized for decades of serving her community.

News Channel Nebraska and Medica selected Peg Dethlefs as the winner of the Community Hero award for January. The winner is selected monthly from nominations of people who go above and beyond with acts of volunteerism, kindness, or leadership that inspires others.

The award comes with a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit of the winner’s choice. Dethlefs chose Ravenna Public Schools in honor of her mother, Alice.

“Well, I’m the youngest of 12 children," Dethlefs said. "She just loved kids and always felt that people should look out for kids and help kids. That’s something she’s always stressed into all of us.”

Specifically, Dethlefs wants the money to go to a fund that helps less-fortunate kids to buy items for school.

Emily Behrendt nominated her for the award. In her submission, she said Dethlefs is the personification of selflessness.

“In some shape or form she has been there for a community member when they've needed it most,” Behrendt wrote. “From taking care of someone's mother or father at the former Ravenna Good Samaritan, organizing t-shirt fundraisers for members of the community when they're in a time of need, making sure those that are less fortunate have a warm meal on Thanksgiving or even providing clothing for the residents of Ravenna that may have loss their home due to a fire.”

Dethlefs served as mayor for 12 years and has been a longtime volunteer firefighter and EMT. She works on an ambulance crew at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.

“When I think of a giving and selfless person that deserves a thank you for all that she has done, I think of her,” Behrendt said. “She truly is a vital asset to the community of Ravenna.”

Dethlefs is grateful to win the award.

“It’s a great honor… knowing that what I do makes a difference and doesn’t go unnoticed,” Dethlefs said.