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Morris resident receives volunteer award from Southwest Airlines

MORRIS – Each year Southwest Airlines recognizes a handful of their 45,000 employees who embody their company spirit and this year a local Morris citizen was given the Volunteers of LUV Award for having a servant's heart.

Steven Halcomb, a pilot for Southwest who resides with his family in rural Morris, was given the award in a ceremony at the company's corporate headquarters located in Dallas, Texas. The awards are given to those whose contributions have merited special recognition for giving back to their local communities, according to a news release.

Halcomb was nominated for the award by the president of the Morris Warriors, John Maddox Jr. and by board member, Troy Shannon. Halcomb has been an assistant coach with the organization since 2005 and has volunteered his time for the kids on various levels. Coaches within the organization teach the student-athletes leadership, community service, and encourage academics and family support. Because of the number of hours volunteered toward the Morris Warriors by Halcomb, their organization was given several round-trip tickets by Southwest Airlines.

In addition, he was recognized for his contributions toward two other organizations. He is a member of Minooka Bible Church and has contributed his time by growing produce to be given away at their local food bank and has also given time toward local disaster relief and clean-up efforts.

Also, Halcomb was a former member and head coach of the University of Illinois Flying Team in the '90s and now gives back to those collegians through teaching with the National Intercollegiate Flying Association.

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