Our latest Hometown Hero is Dr. Paul Sutherland from Olney, Illinois. Dr. Sutherland spent several years as a surgeon in Decatur before coming to Olney in 2010.
He was enjoying the slower pace of Richland County when he was called to serve his third tour of duty with the National Guard as a surgeon in Afghanistan. He spent last Christmas in the cold mountain desert there, keeping warm on broth and urging his co-workers back at Richland Memorial Hospital to keep care packages coming. The gummy bears were a big hit with his fellow Polish soldiers.
The Lawrenceville native is back in Olney doing relatively simple procedures compared to the complexities her faces with wounded soldiers and Afghan nationals.
Everyone who knows him is proud and honored to nominate Dr. Paul Sutherland as our latest Hometown Hero.