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Each month we select a winning hero. You can learn about some of the past winners by visiting our Hall of Heroes.

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Enter your Firefighter, Educator, Nurse or Peace Officer Hero.

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We'd like the world to know that 'the good guys' still exist. Simply fill out the form below, introduce us to your hero and tell us what it is that makes them heroic. It's easy!

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Each month, we select the best heroic stories. Then we allow your peers and friends to vote for the 'Hero of the Month' winners. Each 'Hero of the Month' winner gets a free $250 gift card!

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Hall of Heroes

project 1

Russell O.

Cape Neddick, ME
Firefighter

Russell is an outstanding firefighter, making an impact to many lives. He is the Vice-President of the Portsmouth Fire Fighters Charitable Association where he organized a fundraiser, Sarah’s Ride, for fellow firefighter Sarah Fox while she fought breast cancer. The ride Russell organized continues as memorial following the loss of Sarah in 2011, it hosts over 300 motorcycles and more than 2,000 people in attendance.

project 2

Traci S.

Brooklyn, IA
EMT

Traci Smith is as critical care paramedic both at Grinnell Regional Medical Center and with East Poweshiek Ambulance Service where she is also the Director of Operations. Traci joined the ambulance service in 1997, and quickly went on to study to become an EMT, then to further become a paramedic. She teaches CPR classes for businesses and groups who need training and to those who want further mentoring in becoming an EMT like herself.

project 3

Cain M.

Kermit, WV
Firefighter

Cain has been a firefighter for over 12 years. He recently started helping schools with Fire Prevention and working with the Special Olympics. He enjoys teaching children about fire safety because kids can help teach their family what they have learned. working as an EMT, and going to college to pursue his paramedic degree, he spends his free time volunteering for the fire department, community, and spending time with his wife and son.

project 4

John D.

Salem, VA
Firefighter

John has been working as a Firefighter/EMS for almost 25 years with 2 different departments. He is a local hero, rescuing neighbors and friends. Outside of the job, he often helps in the community, and treats everyone like family. John has been a true inspiration for his own family. He son is also a paramedic/firefighter, and his wife also works with the department. On or off duty, John is always willing to help people. He enjoys teaching CPR to the community to help prepare for emergency situations.

project 5

Shira C.

Denver, CO
Nurse

Shira is a tough nurse that does whatever it takes to give her patients the best care possible. She first became an EMT and from that her passion grew stronger. She wanted to be a nurse. Shira is a full-time charge nurse in the ER, and sexual assault nurse examiner, helping with forensic cases. She has helped save many lives during the aftermath of the Aurora shootings, staying calm and collective helping anyway she could. Along with being nominated for the Nightingale Award, she is working on a new protocol for her hospital for mass casualty incidents. In addition to being a busy nurse, she is a great mom.

project 6

Stacey C.

Indianapolis, IN
Nurse

Stacey is a nurse for a medical clinic in Indiana. In 2012, an elderly woman with her daughter and grandchildren had arrived at the clinic. While crossing the parking lot to enter, another vehicle did not see the woman and children passing by, resulting in the vehicle hitting the grandmother. Stacey quickly ran down the stairs of the clinic, rushing to aid. After 911 had already been contacted, Stacey stayed with the daughter and her children coping and ready to help when need. Stacey and a c0-worker drove the daughter and children to the emergency room where the grandmother was being transported. A few weeks later, Stacey and staff received good news that the grandmother was ok. Friends say Stacey never hesitates to reach out to those in need, and always paying it forward. She always puts the best interest of her patients at heart.

project 7

Steve H.

Omaha, NE
Nurse

Steve serves as a volunteer staff nurse for Camp Braveheart, a week long camp for YMCA for kids. He also created and implemented the Friend Advocate Nurse Program, which helps pair a RN with each patient for support, creating a friendly safe connection for the patient. Friends say he often mentions that he wants to be more than average at things. They also say he is the type of person to always be there with staff growing and learning, keeping a positive spin and smiling brightening everyone’s day.

project 8

Katie W.

Chandler, TX
Nurse

Katie has worked many years with Hospice and developed a strong love for her patients. She truly cares for them, their families, and her students. Katie also teaches at a University. When she received a late night call from the wife of a patient who was recently diagnosed with cancer, Katie arrived within minutes. She made it a priority to make this patient as comfortable as possible. Katie then had to explain to his wife that he would not make it through the night and she would be there until the end. Katie came to get his wife, and let her know that that she could climb in bed with her husband and be with him through the night until he passed. Katie stayed close by in the room, going above the call for the patient’s care and his spouse.

project 9

Phil A.

Winchester, ID
Peace Officer

Corporal Phil A. and Deputy Austin S. are nominated for their bravery, courage, and for going above the call. Both were dispatched to an accident call to where the vehicle had left the road, overturning into a ditch full of water. One of the occupants from the car was pinned under the vehicle, placing them under water, trying to keep their head above it. They then paged for the local volunteer fire department. With no time to wait for the other medical units to arrive, both officers decided to lift the car off the victim, being only option left to save a life. They were able to lift and move the 2,800 pound vehicle, in fact saving the victim’s life. Both awarded a Certificate for Valor and Bravery for their actions.

project 10

Austin S.

Winchester, ID
Peace Officer

Corporal Phil A. and Deputy Austin S. are nominated for their bravery, courage, and for going above the call. Both were dispatched to an accident call to where the vehicle had left the road, overturning into a ditch full of water. One of the occupants from the car was pinned under the vehicle, placing them under water, trying to keep their head above it. They then paged for the local volunteer fire department. With no time to wait for the other medical units to arrive, both officers decided to lift the car off the victim, being only option left to save a life. They were able to lift and move the 2,800 pound vehicle, in fact saving the victim’s life. Both awarded a Certificate for Valor and Bravery for their actions.

project 10

David S.

Clifton, NJ
Peace Officer

Like many peace officers, Officer David S. willingly stepped into the face of danger to protect someone he had never met. While off duty, he witnessed a man with a 7 inch knife attacking patrons in a parking lot. David disarmed the attacker and pinned him to the ground. After David neutralized the attacker, he began assisting the victim. The attacker stabbed two people, one of whom did not recover. David attended to the other victim until medical units arrived. If not for Officer David’s heroic actions, the attacker likely would have claimed at least one more life, and possible several more.

project 11

Dustin R.

Red Bluff CA
Peace Officer

In 2000, Dustin realized he wanted to work in law enforcement, and soon after, he started with the Shasta County Sheriff’s office. He put in his time working with the local jail, and soon made it to patrol. In October 2010, Mrs. Reynolds received the call no police wife wants: “You need to come to the hospital, there has been an accident." Dustin was in the hospital receiving 28 staples in his head from a harrowing altercation. Now that he has recovered, Dustin makes a strong impact on his community. He works as a Detective for the Shasta County Coroner’s Office.

project 12

John B.

Palmer Park, MD
Peace Officer

Capt. John Boesman is a 21 year veteran with the Prince George County Police Department. On March 18, 2013, in the early afternoon Boesman came across a vehicle accident soon after it had occurred. Boesman observed that a mid size SUV was on it’s side. It’s driver trapped, but conscious and the rear of the SUV on fire. The accident reconstruction investigation revealed that SUV driver, the sole occupant had suffer a medical emergency. The driver lost control of the vehicle, striking a curb, which caused the SUV to flip onto its drivers side. The vehicle continued to slide approximately 25 yards down the roadway, damaging the fuel tank. Boesman using his issued service baton was able to break a small hole in the windshield. With the combination of baton strikes, kicking in the windshield and eventually tearing the hole in the windshield with bare hands and, assisted by a good samarian citizen, broke and tore a hole big enough in the front windshield to reach into the cab of the SUV. While attempting to free the driver who was pinned in the driver’s seat, two back up officers assisted in the rescue attempt. After several minutes of struggling to free with a now unresponsive driver, excessive heat, the vehicle nearly completely engulfed in flames and smoke any further rescue attempt was futile. Boesman suffered second degree burns to his hands and the right side of his face and several lacerations to his hands. Boesman was transported to the hospital for his injuries, admitted and was released from the hospital the following afternoon. Boesman was unable to return to full duty for approximately 3 weeks. In January, 2014 Lt. Boesman was promoted to Captain.

project 14

Debbie F.

West Chester, PA
Educator

Deb is said to be a phenomenal Special Needs educator, mastering the art and craft of teaching using her Irish charm to calm students during crisis thanks to her “Hakuna-Matata” approach to life and school. She is not seen by most as a boss, but more like a marvel inspiring those around her. She tutors and helps new teachers learn the most important lessons at hand to be successful educators themselves. She recognizes that for new teachers it’s that “street smarts” are more valuable than “book smarts” taught in any education class.

project 14

Elden E.

Knoxville TN
Educator

Elden has volunteered with South Knox Elementary for over the past 14 years. He spends about 3 days a week helping in the kindergarten classrooms, going on field trips, and helping raise funds for the kids, including lunches. Since the school is short staffed with parents helping, Mr. He is able to provide a helping hand when needed whether it’s laminating and copying or helping tie-dye shirts with the kids. He helped collect money from his local church to help with the school book fair.

project 15

Glen H.

Pittsburg, PA
Educator

Glen’s true passion shows through with his students and co-workers. He teaches 12th grade Government and Economics, but the lessons go beyond the classroom. Glen was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, a couple of years ago. Co-workers say he is an inspiration for them and for the students. Through his early treatments, he still came to work - always with an uplifting attitude. When he took the next semester off to continue treatment, his students and fellow teachers made a video for him. Students raised over $10,000 in funds for Glen, funds that he chose to donate to a foundation that supports the deadly disease.

project 16

Maria S.

Chula Vista, CA
Educator

Every day Maria teaches is a great success. After a terrible accident, doctors believed Maria would never walk, talk, or teach again. Maria had other plans, and that diagnosis was not going to keep her from her passion. Overcoming the odds, Maria is now the Head of the English Department and the Faculty Advisory Committee.

project 17

Lillian F

Anytown, USA
Educator

Lillian, as an educator and superintendent of Mountain View School District, has worked hard to make sure each student is making academic progress. She has integrated ways to provide resources for students, families, and staff in order for students to have what it takes to obtain academic goals. While the school is in a low economic area, with help from Lillian, students are now getting many opportunities that higher economic area students are exposed to in other cities.

project 18

Emily D.

Lenexa, KS
Educator

Emily has a strong passion for teaching, like most educators. One of the things that set her apart from the rest is the importance she promotes of community service. As a first year teacher, she took on the responsibility of creating meaningful service opportunities for the entire freshman, meeting on a weekly basis. Emily has already taken a leadership role with her department and volunteers to facilitate collaboration in with a team of teachers older than her. She has a passion for all students, gifted, learning disabled, and English language learners.

  • project 19

    Emily D.

    Lenexa, KS

  • project 11

    David S.

    Clifton, NJ

  • project 7

    Steve H.

    Omaha, NE

  • project 3

    Cain M.

    Kermit, WV

  • project 4

    John D.

    Salem, VA

  • project 5

    Shira C.

    Denver, CO

  • project 6

    Stacey C.

    Indianapolis, IN

  • project 2

    Traci S.

    Brooklyn, IA

  • project 8

    Katie W.

    Chandler, TX

  • project 9

    Phil A.

    Winchester, ID

  • project 10

    Austin S.

    Winchester, ID

  • project 12

    Dustin R.

    Red Bluff CA

  • project 16

    Glen H.

    Pittsburg, PA

  • project 17

    Maria S.

    Chula Vista, CA

  • project 18

    Lillian F.

    Anytown, USA

  • project 15

    Elden E.

    Knoxville TN

  • project 13

    John B.

    Palmer Park, MD

  • project 14

    Debbie F.

    West Chester, PA

  • project 1

    Russell O.

    Cape Neddick, ME

Does your hero have a story to tell?

Enter your hero into the contest by submitting the form below. Get creative and tell us about your nominee. They could win a $250 gift card. The things these heroes do on a daily basis are worthy of our apprecieation, so let the world know just how awesome they are.

Hero Entry Breakdown

  • Firefighters

  • Educators

  • Peace Officers

  • Nurses

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