“I was really excited,” said Ortega. “My husband and I avoid going out as much as possible because we both work in essential roles and can’t afford to get sick. It will be such a treat to pamper myself at home with this prize.”
Ortega works as a security guard for a private security company. She protects critical units in the produce industry, safeguarding employees and food sources. For her, the work is rewarding because she knows how her essential role keeps others safe.
"We are very proud to honor Barbara with this prize," said Neal Carter, president at OSF. "We are incredibly thankful for essential workers."