BECKLEY W. VA. (WVVA) - Cindy Cooper has been working as a nurse for the last sixteen years.
From hospitals to long term care facilities, Cooper has worked across our region.
Cooper said her career as a nurse was inspired by her family, personal experiences, and a desire to help others.
"At a very young age, I had a relative that was becoming a nurse and I viewed that as a way I can help people," said Cooper. "Then when I was a teenager, I had a very close family member who passed away and we spent a couple of weeks in the hospital with him and he had a nurse that she took the time to make me and my brother feel a part of that. And it was the little things that she did that you wouldn't even really think about making a difference, and to this day, it makes a difference."
Cooper's work ethic is what makes her stand out as a hero to her friends and colleagues who nominated her.
She said she learned that work ethic from her parents when she was a child.
"My dad is a retired coal miner. He never missed a day's work and was never late," said Cooper. "My mom is a home maker and she was always busy taking care of my brothers and I and always doing everything it takes to keep a family and a household running. I don't think I ever saw her ever sit down during the day."
Cooper said the only time she missed a day of work at her current job, is when she had a medical emergency forcing her to take a day off work.
When asked why she works so hard she said it's because of , her passion for work and the desire to help others that make her nursing career worthwhile.
"Being able to help people, knowing you make a difference and helping someone recover and seeing a smile on someone's face," said Cooper.
Cooper is humble is humble about her impact. While her friends see her as a hero, if you asked her if she saw herself as a hero, she would say...
"I do not consider myself a hero because it takes an entire team to do what I do, and I am very fortunate to be part of an amazing team that comes together and does everything that needs to be done," said Cooper.
And that's what makes Cindy Cooper a hometown hero.