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Tim Berta honored with courage award

Tim Berta last month at an interview with News 11's Jerry Anderson. Tim Berta last month at an interview with News 11's Jerry Anderson.
Tim Berta got up out of his wheel chair and walked to the stage to accept the award. Tim Berta got up out of his wheel chair and walked to the stage to accept the award.
In his acceptance speech, Berta thanked his Bluffton teammates, his doctors, even strangers for helping him find the courage to survive. In his acceptance speech, Berta thanked his Bluffton teammates, his doctors, even strangers for helping him find the courage to survive.
Berta wanted to make sure those closest to him, Robert and Karen Berta, were honored, asking the audience to give them a round of applause. Berta wanted to make sure those closest to him, Robert and Karen Berta, were honored, asking the audience to give them a round of applause.

TOLEDO -- One of the survivors of the Bluffton bus crash got a big honor Monday night because of his tremendous courage.

News 11's, Tim Miller was there for the emotional night at Gladieaux Meadows.

Tim Berta was almost killed in last year's crash. He was a student assistant riding with the Bluffton baseball team. He had also played football at Bluffton and at Ida High in Michigan.

Monday, he was given the Don King Courage Award, in honor of a local sports broadcaster, at the annual dinner of the National Football Foundation.

Last month, News 11's Jerry Anderson interviewed Berta showing you how Tim has made an amazing recovery. He is able to walk again and has regained his coordination.

That was at home, however, and the award presentation was in a very public forum. Leaving his wheelchair behind, he walked to the front of the banquet hall, and accepted his award to a standing ovation.

He even walked up steps to give his acceptance speech where he used some humor. "I really think they could find someone better, like someone who was almost dead or something. Then after a minute I thought, well I guess I do fit the bill."

Berta also said life gives all of us opportunities to have courage. He thanked his Bluffton teammates, doctors, and those closest to him. "And for my parents, who are equally deserving of this award, I ask you to please give them a round of applause," he said.

Bob Eberly of the National Football Foundation told News 11, "The courage this young man has shown... I know Don King would be looking down and just saying, 'Boy, you couldn't find another young man to honor.'"

Berta thanked Jesus Christ and then accepted his award. In another picture perfect moment in his recovery, he showed how far family and courage can get you.

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