Comers named 2018 Hill City Citizens of the Year

By Gray Hughes


Very rarely is there a family that has a perfect marriage of dedication to their family and their community.

Hill City is blessed to have many upstanding citizens, but one family stood out above the rest this year due to their dedication to family and the community.

That year, that family is the Lori and Craig Comer family.

“My parents are very, very involved in the community,” said their daughter, Shelby Harvey. “With my dad being fire chief and also the ambulance squad, he is constantly helping when people in need, picking up shifts. Whether it’s quilt guild or in the church community, they constantly go to their grandchildren’s events, they are very involved with all of them.”

Lori Comer is involved in a local sorority, Beta Rho, the Hill City Volunteer Fire Department Fire Auxiliary and making quilts for veterans. With the Fireman’s Auxiliary, they will bring out food and water to the scenes of fires to keep those fighting the fires hydrated and ready to put out the blaze.

Practically anything the sorority is involved in, Lori Comer is there to help, said Karen Kruse, a member of the Beta Rho sorority.

Lori Comer helps fill backpacks for children in need who might not get food during the weekends, Kruse said. She also helps at her church.

“She is a kind, giving person and helps out with her grandkids a lot,” Kruse said. “Whenever she helps she can. She is a very giving person and likes to help people and do what she can there.”

Lori Comer is very community minded, Kruse added, and she is involved in many things—so many, in fact, Kruse could not name them all.

She also enjoys quilting and loves to give the quilts to the veterans during the Veterans Day celebration.

“I think she will probably say how did I get this,” Kruse said, of what Lori Comer will say when she finds out she has been given this honor. “She takes credit for what she does, but she doesn’t flaunt it. I think she will be pleased and very accepting of it.”

Craig Comer has been involved in the Hill City Volunteer Fire Department, said Vic Alexander, and has been chief for over a decade.

Craig Comer’s dedication to the fire department knows no bounds, Alexander said.

“You can always count on him,” Alexander said.

Craig and Lori Comer became friends with the Alexanders when their daughters played on the basketball team together, Alexander said.

They are both great friends, Alexander said.

Both Craig and Lori have been deeply involved in the schools ever since their kids were in school, Alexander added.

“(Craig) would give you the shirt off his back if it was needed,” Alexander said. “He is an absolute great guy.”

As of late, the Comers have started camping more, Alexander said (they enjoy camping by the lake and sitting by the fire, he said), and have enjoyed traveling the trails around Hill City on an ATV or side-by-side vehicle.

Both Craig and Lori Comer will always put their family and community first, Alexander said. Their grandkids are high on their list and they would do anything for them.

“They are very, very community oriented folks,” Alexander said. “They would do anything for you whenever it is needed.”