Centralia Mayor declares Monday as “Jessika Korzenewski Day”

Centralia Mayor declares Monday as “Jessika Korzenewski Day”

Jessika Korzenewski is congratulated by the Centralia City Council as Mayor Herb Williams presents her a proclamation declaring Monday as ‘Jessika Korzenewski Day’.  

Centralia Mayor Herb Williams with Jessika Korzenewski after declaring Monday as “Jessika Korzenewski Day in Centralia’

A Good Samaritan who came to the aid of a 15-year-old boy being beaten on a Centralia city street last week has been honored with her own day.

Centralia Mayor Herb Williams declared Monday as “Jessika Korzenewski Day” for being a compassionate person who unselfishly helps others, especially a stranger.

Korzenewski said she saw what turned out to be a child being beaten and struck with a bicycle by a group of seven or eight men while going home from work on Monday, August 5th. She said even though she expected to become a victim of a beating herself she intervened and fortunately, the group left.

Korzenewski then held the head of the boy and comforted him until emergency help arrived to first take him to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital and then to a St. Louis Hospital where Police Chief Brian Atchison believes he is still undergoing treatment.

The resolution said Jessika has a generous spirit and put others needs above her own safety. Williams says her acts demonstrate how every act of generosity and compassion counts and that it means even more when a life was saved. While noting we can all make a difference in someone’s life and put others needs above our own, he presented the proclamation to Korzenewski.

“Thank you Jessika.  We need more people in our community with that kind of love, compassion and fortitude to help others.  Thank you and our city is a better place because of you.”

The police chief said after the meeting investigators are continuing to pursue leads in the case but are not yet at a point they can make any arrests.