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March 15--  The 2018 Lyons Citizen of the Year is a former Toombs County Deputy Sheriff and current employee of Dot Foods in Vidalia.

ramonpowellRamon Powell was introduced at the annual banquet Thursday night by last year's Citizen of the Year, George Powell (left), who recounted Ramon's service to the community through the Quint Shrine Club, "There have been approximately 142 children and their families in this area who have been assisted by this person and his fellow Shriners. He has served humbly and selflessly and we know tonight he will continue to do so because that's what drives him, that's his passion."

"In looking at past recipients, there's my former boss, Sheriff Durst, who was like a grandfather to me, and it's an honor to be up there with him and the rest of the recipients, Ramon said.

"The Shriner's Hospital is my heart, they are very dear to me and I believe wholeheartedly in what they do.  Unless you have been exposed to that, you really don't understand what they do and the magnitude of what they offer.  It's truly amazing what they can do for kids today and it's an honor to be part of that organization.

"It's an honor to be part of Lyons.  I came to work for the Sheriff's Office here in 1990 and the citizens welcomed me and I'm proud to be part of it," he said.