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Bulloch County woman receives Jefferson Award for decades of public service

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FOX 28 is a proud partner of the Jefferson Awards--a foundation that recognizes local heroes who help make their community better through acts of public service. This month, FOX 28 is recognizing Dorothy Simmons for her renaissance volunteer work across Bulloch County.

If you’re from Bulloch County, you’ve probably run into Dorothy Simmons at one point or another.

“Born and raised in Statesboro," Simmons said. "Bulloch County’s my home. This is home!"

But one thing’s for sure, Simmons isn’t your average 77-year-old. Whether she’s feeding the hungry with her church, volunteering with the Statesboro Lion’s Club, attending events with the NAACP or lending a helping hand at the local food bank, Simmons is always on the move.

She said, “I’m helping somebody. I’m helping the needy everyday. I have a passion for it. I love it.”

And Simmons' community efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. She was recently chosen as the Grand Marshal for Bulloch County's Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

“Well, they called me and asked me if I would be the Grand Marshal, I almost fell out. I said, ‘Little ol’ me?’ And they said, ‘Well, why not you? After all that you’ve done in this county, all that you’ve done in this town, why not you?’” said Simmons.

Simmons says she was stunned to have such an opportunity to honor MLK and represent her community, and she doesn’t plan to stop helping others any time soon.

“It just means so much to me. I can’t hardly talk about it without crying. But, you know, that’s what the Lord want us to do, help somebody. And that’s my mission, helping somebody," she said.

Congrats to Dorothy Simmons! If you know of any local heroes serving their community, nominate them for a Jefferson Award today.