The presentation of numerous awards lead off Monday night's City Council meeting.

Service awards, lighting contest awards and life-saving awards were handed out to recipients during a heart-warming segment of the 70-minute session.

Under service awards, Alice Kemp was recognized for 35 years of employment with City of Sedalia. She currently serves as a personnel specialist.

Meshel Scotten was recognized for five years of service as an accounting technician in the Finance Department.

Both recipients received their awards from Mayor Pro Tem Don Meier.

Not present was Kimm Jon Motsinger for five years of service as an equipment operator in the Public Works Department.

All three winners in the City of Sedalia Christmas Lighting Contest showed up to accept their awards.

James and Tiffany Bryant of 615 W, Broadway took first place, while Chris Rickey of 911 E. Broadway took second. Doug and Mary Holloman of 2803 Katy Trail Avenue took third place. Mayor Pro Tem Don Meier presented each of them with their awards.

Sedalia Parks & Rec Director Amy Epple recognized seven people for helping save the life of Sedalian Kyle Siegel, who suffered a heart attack and collapsed at the finish line after running his first 5K at Clover Dell Park October 20.

The event was a "Zombie Run" sponsored by Sedalia Parks & Rec. Siegel reportedly sprinted to the finish line on the last lap, then smiled at everyone before collapsing.

CPR was administered to Siegel by quick-thinking participants, and carefully tended to by bystanders as well as two Sedalia Police officers (Crampton and Benner) who quickly arrived on the scene. According to Epple, Siegel was without a pulse for over seven minutes and deprived of oxygen.  "You guys were there for a reason," Eple told the award recipients. "If it wasn't for you guys, Kyle would not be here today."

EMTs then arrived and shocked Siegel's heart back into rhythm and intubated him.

Siegel was transported to a hospital that Saturday evening and later underwent quadruple bypass surgery the next week.

Siegel, appearing quite healthy, thanked his life savers, or "angels," Monday night from the bottom of his heart.