EAST ST. LOUIS - Recently, East St. Louis School District 189 recognized one of its heroes in 2022.

Tarkus FergusonThe school district honored Tarkus Ferguson, a security guard at East St. Louis High School.

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"Not all heroes wear capes: Please help us celebrate Tarkus, a security guard," the school district said. "He was the staff member who identified a gun and followed protocol to ensure the safety of the school earlier this year.

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"We thank him for his exceptional service and performance that kept the campus safe!"

During the holiday season, it is important to recognize individuals like Tarkus, who make this region a better place to live with their efforts each day.

(If you have a story idea about someone who has performed a heroic act, e-mail news@riverbender.com. Please include information about the person, a photo, and a phone number).

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