Retiring Clay County Public Health Officer Dr. S. Rahim Farid was humbled during his retirement party Friday night.
"I did what my job was," Farid told the crowd. "And it was a pleasure to serve this community. Once I came here, I never felt like a foreigner or a stranger. This community has been very good to me, and treated me with nothing but kindness and support."
The Indiana State Department of Health recognized Farid with a first-ever award.
"It is very uplifting and rewarding to provide public heath for a community, but the challenges facing this office on a daily basis are daunting for anyone. To have someone, a physician/surgeon willing to take time away from their private practice, who is also willing to do this public service is wonderful," Indiana State Health Commissioner Gregory N. Larkin said. "It is unique for a physician to give so much of his time for something that is not highly recognized or applauded, but is such a necessity for community health."
The certificate of recognition cited Farid's "outstanding contributions in promoting, protecting and providing for the health of people in Clay County" during his career.
Farid also received several other honors during the retirement party, including Clay Community School Corporation Health Services Coordinator Lynn Stoelting reading a letter of recognition from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, a plaque presented from the Clay County Board of Health Chairman Dr. Rick Rogers and a gift presentation from Dr. Everett Conrad.
"It was going to be a watch," Conrad said with a chuckle. "But we know you don't care what time it is, so it's books instead."
More than 150 people attended the event.