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CBS 2 Hero: John Stimel

Updated: Thursday, December 19 2013, 08:19 AM CST
When shoppers go to the 1st avenue Hy-Vee in Iowa City, they get more than a helpful smile in every aisle.  If they're lucky, they meet John Stimel.
He says people told him he would never be independent, due to a disability.  Then, 13 years ago, he walked into Hy-Vee looking for a job.  They gave him one, and he's still there.
Stimel began bagging groceries, and now he helps people outside with their carts. 
Four days a week he walks to work at Hy-Vee, and the other day, he goes to school to get his GED.  He says,
"I want to read and show people I can do it, and they can't put people down who've got a disability."
Shoppers like Daniel Kepler look forward to seeing him.  He says, "John's awesome.  He always has a smile and a story about his KC Chiefs, which we don't like!"
John's boss, Jeff Canfield says, "He's just a super guy.  It's a good success story."
Stimel never intended to be special, or a role model, or a hero.  But real heroes, never do.  Go John!CBS 2 Hero: John Stimel


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