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Wellness for Warriors Quilters honor area heroes

On Tuesday April 30, the Wellness for Warriors Quilting Group (WFWQG) of Kimberling City presented homemade quilts to six police officers and six firefighters from Stone and Taney counties. The event was held at the Kimberling Area Senior Center. 


Quilts were awarded to Medically Retired Deputy Sheriff Darin Carter, Taney County Sheriff’s Department; Officer Michael Ellersick, Reeds Spring Police Department; Officer Jason Flowers, quilt presented by Police Chief Patrick Gray, Forsyth Police Department; Officer Dustin Maynard, quilt presented by Corporal Andrew Boillot, Kimberling City Police Department; Retired Chief of Police Daniel Sedovic, Louisiana, MO; and Retired Chief of Police Jacob Shirk, Aurora and Monument, Colorado.


After receiving a quilt, Captain Curt Pollard of Southern Stone County Firefighters presented quilts to volunteer firefighters from Stations 1, 3 and 4. Recipients were Tom Blake, Mike Moore, Linda Frasier and Scott Weekley.

Rose Allen and Diana Doke of Lampe started the Wellness for Warriors Quilting Group in August of 2022. They were soon joined by Jennifer Todd and Sue Munson of Branson West, and Terry Murphy of Branson. The purpose of the group is to honor first responders, and veterans who are hospitalized at Cox Hospital in Branson. To date, 22 quilts have been awarded to first responders and 165 quilts have been donated to the hospital for veterans. Each quilt is a team effort.

Allen said, “We are so honored to be able to award local police officers and firefighters with these quilts. We want them to know how much we appreciate them and the services they provide. Our group is working toward honoring police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel in Stone and Taney counties with quilts, as well as supplying Cox Hospital with quilts for hospitalized veterans. We want these individuals to know how much we appreciate their dedication and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make in keeping us safe and protecting our freedoms.”

Wellness for Warriors Quilting Group is a branch of the Wellness for Warriors Mental Health program founded by Kerry Miller, Manager of Volunteer Services at CoxHealth in Springfield, MO.  The group is funded by The Quilted Cow, Branson West, Missouri; Neighbors and Friends of Table Rock Lake, Kimberling City, Missouri; and Royal Neighbors of America, Rock Island, Illinois; as well as numerous private individuals. Anyone interested in sewing, quilting, or making a donation to WFWQG, please contact Rose Allen at

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