Al Disbro, long-time manager of the Winona Lake, Ind., branch of Lake City Bank, and a well-known photographer in his retirement, was recognized Friday during a Hometown Heroes ceremony in Warsaw, Ind. His wife, the late Jo Disbro, worked for the Brethren Missionary Herald Company, for many years. The ceremony was recounted in a story in the Warsaw Times-Union. A portion of that story appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Al Disbro Given Surprise State Honor At First Friday
Al Disbro was so busy taking pictures during the Hometown Heroes ceremony at First Friday that he didn’t realize when it became about him.
“My mind was someplace else,” Disbro said after the ceremony about when he noticed they were talking about him.
Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch was there to present Disbro with The Circle of Corydon from Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb. The award honors a person who has made remarkable contributions to the state and its people. Holcomb established The Circle of Corydon in 2017.
The award presentation had been planned for some time as a surprise for Disbro. He didn’t even know that members of his family would be there. Of course, it took his longtime friend and former Kosciusko County Republican Party Chairwoman Jean Northenor to get him there and up on stage. She got Disbro to walk her up the stage and then kept him up there.
“My main thing I’m here to do is to do what I’ve just done: To get Al up here with me,” she said as photos of Disbro and his life flashed up on the big screen behind them.
Crouch then took to the podium and said, “On behalf of the state of Indiana, we want to recognize a hometown hero, Gov. Holcomb and I, someone who works behind the scene, but someone who is so important to each and every person in Kosciusko County. There are very few Hoosiers who are recognized with the award of The Circle of the Corydon.”
She then read the award, signed by Holcomb, which states, in part, “Whereas the early leaders of our state gathered in Corydon in 1816 to adopt the first Indiana Constitution and to create the state of Indiana … whereas, like the founders of our great state, many others have made remarkable contributions to the betterment of Indiana and its people and, therefore, are deserving of consideration for membership in the Indiana General Assembly’s Circle of Corydon; and whereas, Sen. Ryan Mishler has made known the illustrious benefactions of one Al Disbro, who has demonstrated, in life and in service to the people of the state of Indiana, the qualities exemplified by our state’s greatest citizens; henceforth and having been deemed worthy of such recognition, the above-named individual is hereby declared to be a distinguished member of the Circle of Corydon.”
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