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Alejandro Zapata: Citizen of the Year 2013

Port Clinton Mayor Vince Leone presenting Alejandro Zapata with Citizen of the Year 2013

On the night of Saturday, Feb. 22, Mayor Vince Leone presented Alejandro “Hondo” Zapata with a key to the city and the title of Citizen of the Year for 2013 at Slater’s Madison Street Pub in downtown Port Clinton.

“We usually present the award at city hall,” said Mayor Leone, “but for Hondo, I thought this would be a better venue.”

Slater’s was already packed; regular Saturday night patrons and party goers for Stella Lopez’s birthday party which was being held there. Around 10:30 p.m. Mayor Leone, Michelle, Isaiah, Xavier, and Zayden Zapata along with friends and other family parted the sea of patrons to reach Hondo at the front of Slater’s who was DJ-ing.

Mayor Leone read aloud the Proclamation from the Office of the Mayor to Zapata and everyone in Slater’s.

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Thank you from the Kohlmans

How do you come up with words to thank everyone that touched Devin and our families’ hearts? So many come to our minds and many more we still do not know. 

We start by thanking the kids. Again, there are so many kids. A few special names come to mind: Zach Murphy, close friend; Caden Swander, close friend and neighbor; Claudia Rosiar, friend and prom date; Hailey Ball and Ryan McDougall, friend who helped start “Team Devin” shirts. Your friendship and kindness were admirable, as was that from all the kids. 

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Devin’s Heart

The whole world watched in awe
As you smiled through it all.
You dealt with the pain,
And your reward is heaven’s gain
Your heart was so BIG
It brought a community together
Everybody loved, hugged and cried together
But now it’s time for you to go
And for your family
You proved it, you asked God to make it snow
So now the world will know forever
Devin’s heart will go on
It will last forever

Devin Kohlman 2000-2013

Debra McGee
Nov. 13, 2013

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