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September Jefferson Award Winner: Janet Rassbach


(WAOW) -- Our September Jefferson Award winner is Janet Rassbach from Tripoli. She's been volunteering with the Special Olympics for about 30 years.

Rassbach started volunteering with the state Special Olympics when she was in high school. Nearly 30 years later, she's addicted.

"I've always felt that if I could not monetarily help somewhere, I could surely spend my time and my talent," said Rassbach.

Off the field, she's a surgical technician. When kids get hurt during games, she patches them up and helps them get back in the action.

"When I was in the Army, they were also involved in Special Olympics," said Rassbach. "I've always liked helping people and it's just very satisfying to me."

Rassbach said it's a family tradition. Even her son, who nominated her for the Jefferson Award, has been volunteering since before he was born.

"I was pregnant with my son and I was still going and volunteering my time," said Rassbach. "Even when he was little, I'd drag him with me."

Her husband lends a helping hand too.

"We've had a couple times, we've been on our way and had car problems and he'll figure out some way to get me there," said Rassbach. "He says, nope, I'll get you there. Don't worry about it."

Rassbach said she used to recruit people from out-of-state to help her with the Special Olympics, something she doesn't have to worry about anymore.

"Now I have a nice base of people who have been doing it for a long time now and we all work together really well," said Rassbach.

She said the work she does is rewarding and she loves every minute of it. That's why she wins September's Jefferson Award.

Rassbach is just one of a dozen people you'll meet over the course of this year who get honored with a Jefferson Award. Established in 1972, it recognizes businesses, schools and individuals who answer the call to volunteer.

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