Lafayette woman honored as winner of 2016 Jefferson Award for Public Service

Photo: KFLY

A Lafayette woman who has dedicated her life to saving Acadiana’s Young people is being honored today for her commitment and compassion.

Five years ago, Shannon Ozene founded the Shane Ozene Foundation after her fifteen-year-old son Shane collapsed and died from an undetected heart condition while playing basketball at a local park.

On March 24, 2016, she was honored as the winner of the 2016 Jefferson Award for Public Service.

She gathered with family and friends, discussing her ongoing work to save lives when KLFY surprised her with the news of her being named as Acadiana’s top Volunteer Activist for 2016.

For the past five years, Shannon has worked to honor the memory of her fifteen-year-old son Shane.

Shannon has worked with the Lafayette parks and recreation department to provide automated external defibrillators to every Lafayette recreation center and has hosted numerous EKG screenings.

“I know he’s (Shane) very proud and in know the reason I do what I do is I have an awesome family support system, the reason I do what I do is so another family doesn’t have to experience what I did, if I can do that, my work is done.”

Shannon will now head to Washington, D.C. this summer to participate in the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony.

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