Rader, FHS graduate honored

Published 8:51 am Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Total Woman awards given on Sunday

HUNTINGTON — An Ironton native and a Fairland High graduate were among those honored for their commitment to health care.

The Total Woman program at St. Mary’s Medical Center presented three Total Woman Healthcare Hero Awards on Sunday as part of its sixth anniversary celebration. The awards are given to those who have made an impact on health and wellness in the community.

Receiving the Community Hero Award was Ironton native Jan Rader, who serves as fire chief for the city of Huntington.

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Rader, who has worked with the department for 23 years, took the top job in April 2017 and is the first woman in the city’s history to serve as chief, deputy chief and captain.

Rader was one of the subjects of the documentary film “Heroin(e),” which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject Documentary.

The film details the city’s struggles against the opioid epidemic. In April, Rader, an Ironton High graduate, was named to Time Magazine’s Time 100 list, which features the world’s most significant leaders, scientists and activists of 2018.

A 2018 graduate of Fairland High was named as Youth Hero.

Ally Henderson was Fairland’s senior class president and headed up monthly activities, including raising funds for mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women, providing Christmas and a spa day for girls from the Golden Girls Group Home and organizing a food drive for local food banks. Henderson also mentored students struggling with depression.

A cancer survivor herself, she provided gifts for kids battling cancer in honor of her 18th birthday.

Henderson will attend Ohio University in Athens in the fall to pursue a degree in the health and science professions.

Also honored at the awards was Jo Andrea “Andy” Watson, who was named as the Nursing Hero.

This was the fourth year of the awards. For more information about the program, contact coordinator Lisa Hastings at 304-526-1271 or visit www.st-marys.org.