22 Jan 2018

Retired Staff Member Khiem Le Awarded the Louis Delario Eames Courage Award

Retired CHS staff member, Khiem Le, was awarded the Louis Delario Eames Courage Award on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

Named after Delario Eames ’73, the award is presented to the student, graduate or friend of Catholic High, who by his or her actions, has demonstrated the mental and moral strength to confront, resist and overcome significant danger, opposition or hardship. To be nominated, a person must demonstrate the following four criteria based on the example of the life of Delario Eames: courage, spirit, resolve and tenacity.

This is not an award that is presented yearly and this is only the fifth time that CHS has presented it since its inception in 2002.

Khiem Le, former Chief of Police in South Vietnam, was held prisoner by North Vietnam for 9 years and 15 days after the Vietnam War. After his release, Le and his family came to the United States. Catholic Relief Services helped him find a job where he would remain at until his retirement in December 2017: Catholic High School. “I would like to thank the CHS faculty and administration for their generous support and kindness throughout the years,” said Le. “I would like to thank the students of Catholic High for allowing me to work for them. I would like to thank those who helped me be where I am today, my family, my nephew and my fellow comrades who did not survive. Most of all, I would like to thank Coach Don Hood and my fellow custodians for all they have done for me.”