Two local people were honored recently for their work with youth.

Troy Hedges has been named 2012 Safe Place Coordinator of the Year by National Safe Place. Hedges is Safe Place coordinator at Pathways Family Services.

Ann Gaddie, a Pathways staff member, was awarded the Excellence in Service Award by the Indiana Association of Residential Child Care Agencies.

"This award recognizes the Safe Place coordinator who never seeks or expects recognition for their invaluable efforts," said Laurie Jackson, National Safe Place executive director in announcing Hedges' award. "Mr. Hedges is extremely dedicated to the Safe Place program in Madison, and we are grateful for his honorable work on behalf of young people."

Hedges manages 35 Safe Place sites in Madison and conducts presentations to local civic organizations and schools to raise awareness of the program. His active participation within community organizations, including Community Against Substance Abuse and Prevent Child Abuse, further educates others about Safe Place and provides a means for expansion and outreach.

"Troy is a truly caring individual, willing to do whatever is needed to ensure children are safe and supported within a positive environment," said Sue L. Fisher, executive director of Pathways. "He steadfastly promotes the virtues of Safe Place and works diligently to keep our community informed of the program's mission."

Gaddie has been an employee of Pathways for 20 years. She started her career working at the Jefferson County Youth Shelter. She has helped many families begin a new life through her current position as a liaison with Pathways' Community Partners for Child Safety program.

"Ann Gaddie is truly deserving of this honor, and our community is better off because of her efforts," Fisher said.