The Sagamore of the Wabash Award is the state's highest award, only given to Hoosiers who state officials feel have made a tremendous impact on the state and their community.
Friday evening Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and State Representative Wendy McNamara presented the award to Carl Smitz, a Posey County Commissioner currently battling cancer.
The award came as a surprise to Smitz, when he was presented with it he was nearly brought to tears.
“I feel very honored and very blessed by all of the members of the community around here,” said Smitz.
Community leaders, friends and family of Smitz were in attendance at the award ceremony held at the Posey County Courthouse.
State Representative Wendy McNamara said Smitz's many contributions are what led state officials to present him with this honorary award.
Smitz spent many years contributing to Mount Vernon as a member of several community organizations, he even served as the President of The National Dairy Farmers Association.
Family members of Smitz and the people in attendance at the ceremony were happy to see Smitz being presented with the award.
They say he is more than deserving.