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Borings Stratton an Everyday Hero

Leroy Stratton of Boring was among the seven Oregonians and one financial institution that were honored last week as 'Everyday Heroes' for their unselfishness in coming to the aid of victims of elder financial abuse and neglect.

The event coincided with a proclamation by Gov. Ted Kulongoski declaring Oct. 18 'Everyday Heroes Working to End Elder Abuse Day.' The proclamation states, 'All residents of the state of Oregon deserve to live with dignity, respect and security.'

Stratton's 82-year-old mother was a victim of Troy Gallagher. She lives by herself and had her yard cared for by one man. One day, that man and Troy Gallagher showed up at her house and convinced her that they could fix her house up for her. She ended up paying them $4,300 for repairs to her home.

When Stratton learned about the repairs, he inspected the areas they claimed to have fixed and found no evidence that any work had been done. He then hired a professional plumber to inspect the work. The plumber found no evidence of work having been done. Stratton contacted the police and the Better Business Bureau. The case of Stratton's mother was included in the successful prosecution of Gallagher by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

The Governor's Commission on Senior Services created the 'Everyday Heroes' campaign in an effort to raise awareness of elder abuse, increase reporting, reduce tolerance of elder abuse and find ways of connecting individuals and families with community resources.

'We appreciate the efforts of every individual who makes a difference in the life of a senior citizen, but we also want to recognize the efforts of a few who have allowed us to share their stories,' said John Helm, chairman of the Governor's Commission on Senior Services, which sponsors the Everyday Heroes campaign.