Chili cook-off held for woman responsible for saving 2 grandchildren

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There was a chili cook-off held today to remember a woman who made a sacrifice to save her family.

The 8th Annual Sue Hernan Memorial Chili Cook-Off was held Sunday at the Boardman United Methodist Church.

Hernan died while saving two of her grandchildren from drowning in Berlin Lake years ago.

Her husband Don kept the cook-off going after she passed.

About 20 people were judged to see who had the best homemade chili.

Remembering Hernan for the woman she was is a big reason her husband does this every year.

“The fact that it’s an opportunity to remember all the great things that my wife did — just makes it really special for me. So I really enjoy doing it.”

They raised $1,300 at the cook-off. 

Dale Hawkins won the first place judge award for his razorback ham-style chili. Meg McKelvey won second place for her recipe, which included chicken-style chili. Jeremy Hernan won third place. Michael Hardy was chosen for the people’s choice and Heidi Hoffman was chosen for the most unique recipe.

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