Diana Morgan’s compassion, care earns award twice

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

As a former police dispatcher, an Emergency Medical Technician and firefighters, Diana Morgan has seen a lot of shocking things, but they didn’t prepare her for the shock of being chosen as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year.

The honor, given annually by the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, is a title she has earned not once, but twice. Morgan, of Dry Ridge, was named Volunteer of the Year in 2002.

She sat unsuspecting with her husband and family at the chamber banquet thinking she was there to support a friend who was supposed to receive an award. Guests sitting around Morgan included her father, Dry Ridge Mayor Clay Crupper and mother, Mary Crupper, and her brother, Calvin Crupper, an assistant fire chief with the Dry Ridge Fire Department and former city council member. Her sister, Wanda Hammons, who is the 2nd district magistrate on the Grant County Fiscal Court, was seated nearby.

“My husband (Tony) asked if we had plans for that night and I told him I was going to the rodeo,” she said “He told me a friend was being recognized and I told him to go on and I’d go to the rodeo, but he insisted I must go to the banquet.”

Morgan, who is known for her compassion and concern for others, as well as dedicated service to various causes, wasn’t suspicious until the awards program began and she thought she heard Bev Hearn, the director of nursing at St. Elizabeth Medical Center Grant County, mention her name.
“I was in total shock,” she said. “I felt like I’d won it once and nobody wins this again.”
Morgan is the first since 1984 when the chamber began giving annual awards to win twice in the same category. Joyce Doyle has won in three different categories, including Excellence in Education, Volunteer of the Year and Grant Countian of the Year.
She was nominated by Hearn.
“Diana is always ready to lend a hand in any way she can.,” said Hearn. “She has given money out of her own pocket to a patient for gas to get to a doctor’s appointment or for the purchase of medications. She goes above and beyond to make sure patients have what they need at home once they are discharged from the hospital.”
Morgan said she enjoys doing things for others.
“There’s a Bible verse ‘Do unto others as you’d like them to do unto you’ and that’s a motto I like to try and live by,” she said.
Her list of volunteer work is lengthy.
She’s active at Dry Ridge Baptist Church, where she is a lifelong member. She has served as a youth leader. She’s now involved with SNAC (Sunday Night Activities For Children) where church members meet weekly with children from Meadowview and provide a Bible lesson and craft.
Morgan is also the church’s wedding coordinator. She sings in the choir and is a member of LYDIA, the women’s mission group. She operates the sound system for Sunday services and helps with Vacation Bible School. She even got her Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) so that she could drive the church bus.

She’s spent the last 31 years as an EMT; working the last 10 years with the Dry Ridge Fire Department. She’s president of the DRFD Women’s Auxiliary, a position she’s held for many years. She was instrumental in starting the Grant County Color Guard, composed of members of the county’s fire departments, and raising funds for dress uniforms for members to wear in parades and funerals.
She also volunteers with hospice where she sits with patients while family members run errands. In this role, she’s transported family members weekly to see a sick relative because they didn’t have a car.
She also provides “11th hour care” for hospice patients who are dying but don’t have family members to care for them.
“I have a philosophy that no one should die alone, so if need be I sit with them,” she said.

Morgan recently received her 20-year pin as a volunteer with the American Red Cross. She serves as disaster team leader of the Grant County Unit. When needed she’s gone to disaster areas such as Katrina in 2005 and Falmouth during the ice storm.

In 2012, within a few hours of a tornado ripping through Crittenden, Morgan and the other Red Cross volunteers has a tornado shelter open at Grant County High School.
She also serves on the Foster Care Review Board.

A graduate of GCHS, she went to work as a dispatcher for the state police , a position she held for 10 years before moving over to the Northern Kentucky Treatment Center in Crittenden. She retired as a state employee in 1996. Since that time, she’s worked at the Grant County News and now works part-time as a clerk for St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Hearn said Morgan is not just a co-worker, but a friend.
“Diana is a God-sent angel. One particular friend is blessed beyond measure to have Diana at her side on more than one occasion. Diana has come to the rescue of her family, friends and co-workers on numerous occasions; more loving, giving and caring with each opportunity to help,” Hearn wrote in her nomination letter.