Deserving of Key, But. Key to City for Easter Seals Representative under Lock, Key

By Erbacher, Megan | Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current), May 9, 2012 | Go to article overview

Deserving of Key, But. Key to City for Easter Seals Representative under Lock, Key


Erbacher, Megan, Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was prepared to present 2012 Easter Seals national representative Ben Trockman with a key to the city Tuesday, but the mayor forgot the key. More than 50 people attended a "Meet and Greet" style open house in honor of Trockman, an Evansville resident, at the Old National Bank Downtown.

When Trockman was 17, he survived a motocross accident and C-3 spinal cord injury that caused extensive paralysis.

Winnecke apologized for his forgetfulness. He said and explained the Civic Center was closed and locked up tight Tuesday, Indiana's primary election day. However, someone quickly fashioned a key out of a cocktail napkin for the mayor to give to Trockman until he was able to present the real thing later in the evening.

"Sometimes the mayor is the last to know to pick something up," Winnecke said. "Much like I've forgotten to stop to pick up bread, milk, I forgot to stop and pick up your key to the city... But we honor special citizens with a key to the city, special friends to the city, and as the Easter Seals national representative, I think you clearly fit that bill. And I apologize from the bottom of my heart."

Trockman thanked the mayor and received roaring laughter from attendees as he teased Winnecke by saying, "It's probably the key that leads to nowhere, and it's even better that you forgot it."

Pam Kirk, community relations director for Evansville's Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, said the community deserved the chance to meet Trockman.

"Those of us who have gotten to know Ben through his relationship with Easter Seals know what an exceptional young man he is," Kirk said. "He's somebody we can all be proud of and a spire to a lot of the qualities Ben has."

Trockman, 23, is a junior at the University of Southern Indiana, pursuing a public relations degree with a double minor in business management and radio and television broadcasting. …

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