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Family, friends remember woman for service

Posted February 26, 2012
Updated February 27, 2012

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— Peace Corps volunteers gathered in Cary Sunday to honor the life of one of their own.

After her graduation from the University of North Carolina, Emily Balog joined the Peace Corps and went to Paraguay. She taught women to become entrepreneurs, tutored children and helped teachers learn basic computer skills. She had worked in the South American country since June 2010.

Balog, 26, died in an automobile accident there in November.

Emily Balog Peace Corps honors woman's service

"She enjoyed life, enjoyed people. She enjoyed her work in the Peace Corps," said her father, Steve Balog.

The honor for Balog was part of an annual event sponsored by the North Carolina Peace Corps Association. U.S. Rep. Brad Miller presented the Balogs with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of their daughter.

Steve Balog said despite his daughter's death, he hopes others choose to follow her path of service.

"She would encourage others to volunteer and serve," he said. "Go outside yourself to serve others. Find some way, somewhere, somehow to do that."

Achievement Academy of Durham was named the association's Peace Prize winner Sunday, an annual recognition for a local non-profit that embodies the Peace Corps' ideals.

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  • momotwins Feb 27, 2012

    Now here is a story worth printing/reporting. Every once in awhile the media does something right. It is nice to hear about someone who was a servant. Bless her and her family.

  • hollylama Feb 27, 2012

    She died helping others...a true hero!

  • BubbaDuke Feb 27, 2012

    It's so good to see young people giving their time and efforts to help others, but so sad when they lose their life in the process. Prayers for her family.

  • Uhavenoclu Feb 27, 2012

    Thanks for all you did.

  • braddavis Feb 27, 2012

    We applaud Susan's public service on behalf of our country and her sacrifices to lift up those in need via the Peace Corps. May she rest in peace.

    You mean Emily? The one who the story is about?

  • iwasjustsaying Feb 27, 2012

    Thank you Emily, may you rest in peace

  • charlesmalone92 Feb 27, 2012

    We applaud Susan's public service on behalf of our country and her sacrifices to lift up those in need via the Peace Corps. May she rest in peace.

  • baracus Feb 27, 2012

    "How did she die? Does anyone know?"

    Uh, third paragraph?

  • westernwake1 Feb 27, 2012

    Emily was a bright light who served her community and the world. She was taken from her family and friends much too early. Emily will continue to serve as a shining example that will hopefully encourage others to give back and serve. RIP.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Feb 27, 2012

    What a shame that someone that gave so much of themselves is no longer with us. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends and those she was trying to help.

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