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The Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff and Cricket Celebration Bowl launched #Hometownheroes as a way to honor essential workers who continue to serve and keep our economy going during the COVID-19 crisis. Those unsung heroes include store clerks, bus drivers, sanitation workers, first responders, delivery drivers, restaurant workers, postal workers, and many others. Individuals can nominate as many people as they like. Each nominees’  names will be displayed for recognition on the virtual walls of each event’s websites. Each week four nominees will be selected as “Home Town Heroes of The Week”. Those individuals will be provided additional acknowledgment for their work and service.

 

During the Cricket MEAC/SWAC Challenge Kickoff and Cricket Celebration Bowl, select nominees will be provided tickets to each game and sit in our designated Home Town Heroes section where they will be recognized during the game.

 

NAME

PROFESSION

CITY

STATE

Brandon Firefighter Morrow GA
Ferrell Teacher Greensboro NC
My family Caregiver Decatur GA
Ericc Adkins

Ericc Adkins
She get up everyday at 4:30 am(with a smile) to be at the home depot store to put the store in order for others that still come and shop. She has continued to show loyalty and reliability each and every day. Standing on her feet to serve others and to continue to push forward when others just continue to show no humanity for those that work there, even the owners and management refuse to acknowledge her or even the team. To continue to go to work everyday and putting herself at risk, and $11 an hour it's just not enough to even pat her on the back but this is a small price to give her.

Store Clerk/Grocer Snellville GA
Timothy Ayers

Timothy Ayers
"More than 230,000 plus pounds of food Since April. The West Lakes Partnership (five Neighborhoods), Florida Citrus Sports, Lift Orlando, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation have teamed up to host a series of emergency food drops for residents of the West Lakes Communities surrounding Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. While serving others, we want to keep our senior population home and safe. we have had other vendors to bring meals, supplies, and more. Approximately 700 families have been served at each food drop as food and other critical resources have been distributed to the community. Secure Fridays, serving 250 families, the West Lakes partnership and Lift Orlando serve another round of between food drops to help until the next 700 family food drop. During the holiday season an additional supply of holiday dinners was offered to our community. When we are not with our secure food group West Lake volunteers joined other community groups to support other local food drops sponsored by City of Orlando District 5 and 6 Commissioners and Florida House Representative 46. One of our recent drops included working with Simply Health with Magic Johnson and the Orlando Magic (Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw) at Camping World"

Community Leader/Volunteer Orlando FL
Bernadette Baker Nurse Martinez GA
Valencia Barber Nurse Trenton NC
Eugenia Billingsley

Eugenia Billingsley
Eugenia is my Hometown Hero because during this pandemic I have seen her as a teacher go out her way to support her students while helping her daughter as a single mother. She is incredible!

Teacher Rex GA
Douglas Bond

Douglas Bond
MY MAIL PERSON IS SO RELIABLE HE DELIVERS ON TIME AND WITH A SMILE! When it comes to a hero, he deserves the honor. Mr. Bond never seem upset, he always has a friendly smile and encouraging word for us, (seniors).He is like family, asking about how you family is doing. since the pandemic, he has not missed a beat delivering our mail on time and with such professionalism YHANK YOU FOR HONORING Mail Carrier Douglas Bond, he deserves the honor!

Postal Services/Mail Carrier Atlanta GA
Keisha Bonner

Keisha Bonner
My mom is my hometown hero cause she does whatever it takes to take her family. I have watched her put others before her for years. She has a heart of gold for helping others even if her help is her last. During this pandemic she has not complained about the risk that comes before her daily to do her job. It really seems that she is going even harder. My brother & I nominate her so she know even though she do all for us as a single mother completely by herself & may feel like she’s in it by herself we support her, we love & appreciate her for everything she do & have done. She is the definition of a go getter. We love you mommy our forever HOMETOWN HERO!!!!....

Postal Services McDonough GA
Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks
Neighborhood activist, mentors young up and coming high school teenage boys, does backpack giveaways annually, speaks to kids of all ages in school, radio speaker and podcast for social issues current and past

Community Leader/Volunteer Fayetteville NC
Mccoin Brown Teacher Warrenton NC
Jimmie Brown Jr Firefighter Atlanta GA
Wanda Bryant

Wanda Bryant
Wanda is my hometown hero because she has been a dedicated maintenance technician for 10 plus years. After losing her job in as a warehouse worker because the company downsized. She did not lose heart but she kept on preserving. She has been working through COVID-19, and she has not stopped yet. Now she is a maintenance technician manager. She is my mother and she has raised 6 adult children as a single parent. She relocated our family to Georgia in 1998 to give us a better life from abuse and instability. She is a faithful woman of God who has excelled through the trails of losing her oldest son, Michael McDowell and her mother,Yvonne Becknell Hamilton in the last 3 years. She is now remarried but she needs a new home and car. As her third oldest daughter I want to help make a difference for her and my step-dad. Thank you!

Maintenance Technician Snellville GA
Margarette Bryson

Margarette Bryson
She is my neighbor, but we are like family. Margarette retired from AT&T in 2007. She began volunteering for Meals on Wheels and for Clayton County as a Election Poll Worker. About eight years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through all that comes with it. She has been cancer free for over 5 years now. Margarette has never stopped volunteering except for the times when she was recovering from surgery. She is 70 years old and a cancer survivor which puts her doubly in the high risk category for being susceptible to contract the Coronavirus. But, in every election over the past 13 years she has been there working at every one. And she would always call me to make sure that I didn't forget to vote. When my son turned eighteen she made sure that he had everything done in order to vote for the first time. Margarette is still doing a good work for the Kingdom and that is why she is my Hometown Hero.

Election Poll Worker Riverdale GA
Justin Burks Sports Reporter Jackson MS
Marion Byars

Marion Byars
This young lady has been feeding the children since the start of the pandemic, tested positive and fed from home (via phone) and when her 14 days were over she was back out there again. She also volunteers at the food pantry and is a personal "Uber" for a lot of people. #school nutriton workers are essential too

School Nutrition Manager Morrow GA
Oscar Giovanni Campos

Oscar Giovanni Campos
Oscar is a neighborhood security guard. He was involved in an accident when a motorist hit him while he was in a cross walk. This left Oscar permanently disabled. Even though he faced this challenge Oscar has returned to work. He has developed great relationships and a high level of trust with people in the neighborhood. So much so that a golf cart was purchased for his use to support his disability.

Security Guard Atlanta GA
Nicholas Citizen Firefighter East Point GA
James Clark Teacher Greensboro NC
Shondre Clemons Medical Speech Language Pathologist Kennesaw GA
Briana Coakley Social Worker Chattanooga TN
Dr. Douglass Collins

Dr. Douglass Collins
Dr. Collins and his staff work tirelessly seeing patients, calling reminding us to stay vigilant in taking care of ourselves, staying up to date on shots and the importance of physical being as well as mental during this time of COVID 19 and it’s uncertainties. He truly cares about his patients and he is deserving of this recognition.

Doctor Atlanta GA
Storm Cuthbert Health and Fitness Atlanta GA
Tamara Davis Family Nurse Practitioner Albany GA
Lassiter Dejeunne Nurse Greensboro NC
Michael DeVaul Community Leader/Volunteer Charlotte NC
Andrea Dial

Andrea Dial
An amazing single mother of two boys who despite going through a divorce and getting evicted, has continued to serve her community working at a county ER as an EMT.

EMT Stockbridge GA
George Epps

George Epps
George has been running an after school youth program for 25 years in the community he grew up in, People’s Town, a small community behind the old Braves Stadium. His focus has been to help facilitate the educational, emotional and social needs of underprivileged youth in the community. He diligently and consistently has been a fixture in countless kids lives serving as a mentor, teacher and father figure. George’s selfless dedication to his work has won the trust and love of the community he serves and from which he belongs!

Community Leader/Volunteer Atlanta GA
Ronnie Epps Truck Driver/Delivery Personnel Atlanta GA
Jason Evans

Jason Evans
He patrols the TCC campus and from driving all campus’. If he sees a wreck, gets a call out, and etc. He’s there. Remembering his best of his job coming home to his three kids and wife.

Sheriff Deputy Tulsa OK
Ciara Flowers Nurse Jacksonville FL
Shirley Franklin Army & Former Mayor of Atlanta Atlanta GA
Maxine Freeze Nurse Monroe LA
Janae Garrett Patient Care Technician in Dialysis Lawrenceville GA
Timothy Gordon Sr

Timothy Gordon Sr
He's like the Energizer bunny, always going and doing for his family and others.

Security Officer Powder Springs GA
Rashaan Graham Nurse Dultuth GA
Jerome Green Warehouse Worker Atlanta GA
Teddy Grice II

Teddy Grice II
As a feeder driver for UPS, he has continually worked and made sure customers continue to get their orders and packages during this pandemic!

Truck Driver/Delivery Personnel Atlanta GA
Karen Grabosky

Karen Grabosky
Chief Karen is the first female fire chief in Bucks County, Pa. She deserves one hell of recognition for this accomplishment for working in a male dominated field. Kuddos to her for making a dream reality.

Firefighter Plumsteadville PA
Keydron Guinn Education/Medical New York NY
Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn
Imagine being 14 your mom is sick, your dad just died and your starting high school. Not just any high school in any neighborhood, but in an area that is known for its homicides, drugs and prostitution. Then you meet an officer that who wants to make a difference not just your life but in the lives of all the of the students who enrolled in the Grant Criminal Justice Academy. Chief Hahn then an officer inspired me to be better and do better everyday. He attended parent/teacher conferences and tutored me in math classes. He introduced and connected me to many community leaders. Chief Hahn would give of himself daily for his students and the community he served. He instilled in me the love of community service and always reaching out to make sure your brother and sister makes it too. After knowing him for over 20 years he now as the first African American Chief of the Sacramento Police Department he still continues his mission. His daily mission to bring people from different walks of life, different cultures or economic status together to promote a united community is effident. He meets with the clergy, leaders and members of different communities to have peace walks. He is quick to listen and have productive conversations with others but also can be found playing catch with some children or feeding the homeless. He is my hero because he simply cares, he cared for me and some many others. He didn't forget where he came from and chooses to make sacrifices daily to ensure Sacramento and all of its residents receive everything they deserve. Simply he has a heart of Gold!

Chief of Police Sacramento CA
Harry Hale

Harry Hale
Harry has been driving a big rig truck for 40 years, and he is a very safe driver. He has recurved safe driving rewards from the company he worked for before he retired. Recently he started back driving, and he has not missed a beat since Covid 19 started. He always on time and courageously drives through rain, snow, ice to get the products to the cities and communities that need them. Harry also loves what he does and he likes trucks! His trucker name is “Blazer”. I feel good truckers don’t get the appreciation they deserve. Hometown Hero is a wonderful idea!

Truck Driver/Delivery Personnel Fayetteville GA
Lane Harper

Lane Harper
Lane Harper is the multi-faceted Executive Director of the Power of Life Foundation, a 501c3 organization. He is a Humanitarian. He attended Alabama State University majoring in Criminal Justice. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, a member of the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives, a Black Belt in Karate, a Self-Defense Instructor, a Security Consultant, and an actor. After years of funding his own acts of service, Harper created The Power of Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to expand his mission to provide basic human needs to people who are in need nationwide. The Power of Life Foundation services those in need of help with housing, food, clothing/shoes, disaster relief and youth development. Since the pandemic began, the Foundation’s mission has been amended to include to a new life saving initiative, “It’s COOL to be Covered.” This initiative hosts Drive Thru Free Face Mask & Food Giveaway events aimed at encouraging the youth and the public to wear face masks while in public, to help reduce the spread of the virus in their surrounding community and helping the underserved population with food insufficiency. The Foundation has hosted seven drive thru distribution events giving away more than 60,000 free reusable cloth face masks and over 50000 pounds of food. Harper also goes the extra mile in helping citizens in need throughout the City of Birmingham. He has been recognized by WBRC Fox 6, NBC 13, ABC 33/40, CBS 42 and several others for his acts of kindness and support in the community. He did an interview with WBRC Fox 6 News for safety and defensive tactics during the holidays. In November 2019, Lane Harper received the Wettermark Keith First Responder Hero Award. In 2020, he received a COVID-19 Hero Award from the Birmingham Times, a Civic Leader Award from Wilkerson Middle School, and the Hometown Hero Award from 98.7 Kiss FM and Mountain Dew. He has been serving in the Criminal Justice system since 2000. He blends a wealth of field police experience, academy instruction, and behavioral management education into his courses. He has instructed and trained hundreds of new police recruits and regularly provides verbal de-escalation and Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT) in-service training for departmental personnel, including instructors. Previously he served as the First Staff Sergeant and Drill Instructor for the S.T.A.R. (Student Transition and Recovery Program) with the Birmingham School System alternative program. Lane Harper teaches security firms and detail teams self-defense tactics. He also has taught martial arts to several municipalities in San Juan, PR, Florida, Texas, and Connecticut. Moreover, he has had the opportunity to instruct the police officers at the prestigious Yale University. As an actor Harper portrays Medgar Evers in the Broadway Play and the Movie, "Justice on Trial," now available on Amazon Prime.

Police Officer Birmingham AL
Everett Hill

Everett Hill
Fills the airplanes with fuel at Delta Airlines They are the ones that keeps the airplanes flying, without them all aircraft would be grounded. He's under paid and over worked. If you fly Delta waive and let them know they are appreciated. He works during rain, sleet and snow, 6 or 100 degree weather.

DGS Fueler Forest Park GA
Kamaria Jackson

Kamaria Jackson
Mrs. Jackson is my hometown hero because she is very diplomatic when dealing with parents, staff and students at the daycare. She really cares about the students and staff. She supports all of of us. Mrs. Jackson and the director planned a Thanksgiving luncheon which lifted the morale of the staff. I am so proud to call Kamaria Jackson my hometown hero.

Assistant Director Atlanta GA
Chavanne Jester Assistant General Manager Atlanta GA
Latonya Jones Nurse Monroe LA
Zach Jones Warehouse Worker Atlanta GA
Raegan Junge

Raegan Junge
Raegan has been helping out in disaster relief efforts since the age of six she is now 15. She sends a new supplies all across the country to areas affected by natural disaster she also supports homeless veterans and provided them a Christmas for the past eight years and supports them through out the year. She constructed a blessing box and has it out in our local community during this pandemic complete with face masks. To learn more Facebook search Raegan’s Relief Efforts.

Community Leader/Volunteer Keystone IA
Angela Kempsey

Angela Kempsey
Meet Angela, she is an awesome cashier at a local grocery store and she is always smiling. She uplifts everyone which is especially welcome during these times. Angela is so awesome that she gave out tea to customers waiting in line to get into the store just to bring a little light into their day. She hopes to provide everyone with a bit of comfort and Angela is also a really big Paul McCartney fan who also sings The Beatles to her customers. She is the sweetest cashier ever and fills the store with so much positivity and joy! Angela has given over 5,000 teabags and way over 1,000 boxes of tea.

Store Clerk/Grocer Pearl River NY
Joseph King, Jr.

Joseph King, Jr.
Joseph L. King, Jr., is my Hometown Hero nomination because during a time when most of the nation has the advantage of working from home, he is on the frontline providing the community with the highest quality of law enforcement services. With police departments and police officers being under greater scrutiny than ever before, he is committed to doing the same level of excellence (and sometimes a higher level) that he promised he would carry out when he was sworn in as an officer. With work days that are often unpredictable, he willingly and unselfishly serves the people in and outside of community.

Police Officer Atlanta GA
Christopher Lavalais

Christopher Lavalais
Chris goes above and beyond the call of duty and the scope of his job, without hesitation. He is on the front line physically, mentally and emotionally.

Firefighter College Park GA
Aliyah LeBoeuf

Aliyah LeBoeuf
This individual values the dignity and worth of the population in which she works with. She has worked to advocate for and assist youth with mental and intellectual disabilities. Throughout our current climate, she has continued to work diligently at what she does, despite what has taken place around her. She cares deeply about the young individuals that she works with, and works to ensure that they do well and receive all assistance that will positively benefit them. Aliyah is more than deserving of the Hometown Hero Nomination.

Social Worker Tallassee AL
LaShaun Lee

LaShaun Lee
My unsung hero is a dedicated teacher who works tirelessly for her students. I have watched her diligence and devotion to her job despite the limitations she has faced due to Covid-19. Not only is she a dedicated teacher, she is a recent breast cancer thriver, a wife, and a mother. Thus, she is my unsung hero.

Teacher Atlanta GA
Rodney Leverette Ground Transportation – Operation Assistant Senior Atlanta GA
Tameca R Lewis Teacher Ellenwood GA
Kenneth Long

Kenneth Long
Vernelle is well beloved by family, neighbors, friends and coworkers. She treats each patient she encounters with tender loving ‚ù§ care. Even under the circumstances of COVID-19, Vernelle continued to work and serve the family and patients at Wellstar Paulding without complaints.

Supervisor, Materials Management Hiram GA
Mann

Mann
From day one of the outbreak from the Corona virus he has been getting up going to work to help keep the streets of DeKalb county clean. He is a family man of four and to get up day after day and rest the health for himself and his family he is a true hometown hero that is why I'm nominating Maurice Mann.

Sanitation Worker Decatur FL
Denise Marquetti Store Clerk/Grocer Atlanta GA
Anthony Maxwell

Anthony Maxwell
Anthony is a flight paramedic in blairsville, and also a paramedic in dekalb county. During COVID19 Anthony has been working countless hours both on the helicopter and on the ambulance serving both the state of Georgia and also filling in in the state of Florida to provide care in this time of need! Anthony provides excellent care on everyone, from critical care all the way to basic first aid, he treats every patient to the best of his ability! Anthony has been a true warrior in this Pandemic all while taking care of his son and twin girls.

Flight Paramedic Blairsville GA
Terry Mckenzie Army Franklinville NC
LTC Ret. John S. McLeod, Jr

LTC Ret. John S. McLeod, Jr
John a proud graduate of South Carolina State Universisty jis committed to educating his ROTC students at Baptist Hill Middle/High School in Hollywood, SC. As this year began with much controversy on how to safely open school for in person service with the spread of COVID-19; the CDC provided guidelines on how to maintain a healthy enviroment and reduce the spread of COVID-19, but the teachers are expected to teach and manage the students that are in the classroom as well as the students that are virtual at the same time. In addition to the lesson he has to make sure that the students in the classroom are following protocol by socially distancing, washing hands, wearing masks and making sure that the students that are virtual are engaged. As a retired educator I can only imagine how difficult this task must be. There are many educators who did not return to the classroom to protect their well being. I salute LTC Ret. John S. McLeod, Jr. for his diligence to provide a quality education under these circumstances.

Teacher Charleston SC
April McMillian

April McMillian
Through out this pandemic, an 11 year old girl named Holli used her talents of sewing to make masks for essential workers. Her original goal was 250 masks for healthcare workers. When she exceeded that goal she wanted to continue to help do her part. Holli proceeded to commit to making 1200 mask for homeless individuals. To date she has made 947 masks. In between virtual learning she continues to sew to meet her goals and give back to her community. You can find her story on Good Morning America, Oxygen and all Atlanta based news stations.

Community Leader/Volunteer Stone Mountain GA
Chante Meadows

Chante Meadows
Chante Meadows has made tackling mental health stigma and the promotion of mental health understanding a priority during the pandemic. Chante, as owner of Meadows Counseling Group, quickly pivoted her practice to meet the needs of clients through virtual outreach so their personal heath remained stabilized during this great uncertainty. Chante is also a full time community lecturer at The Ohio State University where she helps to educate new professionals in her field on issues of diversity and care for the whole person. Chante continues to provide numerous trainings and insights around the topics of mental health including a Tedx talk entitled "Changing the View of Mental Health in Our Community". For her efforts, Chante was recognized as the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Ohio Chapter 2019 Social Worker of the Year.

Social Worker Columbus OH
Kennedy Morris

Kennedy Morris
Dedication and loyalty to public while putting self at risk.

Store Clerk/Grocer Marietta GA
Patrick Morris Jr

Patrick Morris Jr
Dedication and loyalty to the public while putting self at risk.

Store Clerk/Grocer Columbus OH
Glenda Morton

Glenda Morton
Mrs. Morton is my hometown hero because she does an awesome job as the director of the daycare. There have been challenges at the daycare due to the Pandemic but she encourages the staff with her positive attitude and words of encouragement. Mrs. Morton and the assistant director planned a Thanksgiving luncheon for the staff. I appreciate her because of her hard work and professionalism.

Director of Daycare Atlanta GA
Dianna Norsworthy Nurse Monroe LA
Debbie Denise Ontiveros Nurse Atlanta GA
Carla Pacheco

Carla Pacheco
In a challenging role as Principal of middle school students and the Bilingual Director for the district, Carla Pacheco is a leader that embraces and celebrates her students and teachers. She is a visionary that sees successes and in all students and teachers and will roll up her sleeves and work alongside staff and students to create a school culture that is positive, caring and supportive. Her leadership abilities enable her to gain a rapport with students and staff that that creates self confidence in students and staff. She is fair, firm and consistent and takes the time to listen to the concerns of others. She demonstrates the ability to be a bridge builder between staff, students, parents and the community. She is a problem solver with a quick smile, laugh, and wit. If something she can do promotes a love for learning she is willing to be super silly, funny, and enthusiastic. Carla is always the first one at work and the last to leave. Las Vegas City Schools is blessed to have such an awesome leader that is such a dedicated educator. Even in this pandemic, Carla’s work ethic is unyielding. She chooses to work from school everyday where she can be more accessible to the learning community when she could choose to work from home. She has taught herself the ins and outs of distance learning so that she can help others. If she doesn’t know something she will find out a solution or answer and always communicate with those in need. I could go on and on because Carla Pacheco is the true example of a hometown hero.

Middle school principal/Bilingual Director Las Vegas NM
Travis Patten Sheriff Natchez MS
Terrance Powe

Terrance Powe
He has been working with adults with disabilities throughout this pandemic and hasn’t given up on his dreams of helping people.

Teacher Atlanta GA
Joshua Reid Firefighter Fairburn GA
Flora Rhodes Paramedic Marietta GA
Marquist Rhodes

Marquist Rhodes
my husband is my hometown hero because while battling his own underlying health issues such as congestive heart failure and stage 3 kidney disease he's still out here on the front lines helping people get to and from doctor's appointments and anything else he can do to help others.

Lyft Driver Decatur GA
Charquitta Richardson

Charquitta Richardson
Has been constant in assuring that our neighborhood has received packages and mail on a daily basis.

Postal Setvices Atlanta GA
Rodney Rogers Air Force Dallas GA
Juli Shonfelt

Juli Shonfelt
Juli has been serving on the front lines since Covid began and has not taken time for herself. She spends any down time with her family and goes right back to work. Even when she became sick she stuck through it and began work as soon as it was safe for her to return. She is a fighter and does not have quit in her vocabulary

Paramedic Atlanta GA
Kevana Smith Nurse Atlanta GA
Don Solomon Police Officer Jacksonville FL
Cheryl Stiggers

Cheryl Stiggers
Created a school for virtual learning and face to face learning for her grandchildren, children in the community and children of church

Teacher West Point GA
Michael Stiggers

Michael Stiggers
Helps communities in West Point, GA; Lanett, AL; Lafayette, AL, Valley, AL. Including both of his churches, family , friends and extended family through ministry and physical work.

Pastor, Chaplin at Chattahoochee Hopicer Valley AL
Michael Stiggers

Michael Stiggers
Micheal is a true, faithful, husband, father, father in law, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and pastor. Never meets a stranger. Involved in community being the Moderator of the Bowne East District. Alway willing to listen, advise, mentor, and give his best to everyone.

Community Leader/Volunteer West Point GA
Micheal Stiggers, Sr. Army West Point GA
Mark Suttles Teacher Atlanta GA
Orlando Swaby

Orlando Swaby
Orlando is my hometown hero because he is an essential worker for Brinks. He arrives to work by 5 AM, and leaves sometimes as late as 8 PM. At Brinks he is responsible for delivering money across the Atlanta Metropolitan area, sometimes driving as far as Canton, LaGrange or Dalton. Without workers like Orlando, we would not have cash in our ATM's across the city, and it is also a dangerous job handling large sums of money.

Truck Driver/Delivery Personnel Atlanta GA
Jermaine Taft Doctor Atlanta GA
David Tuckman

David Tuckman
David has devoted countless hours as Captain of a Red Cross Disaster Action Team( DAT) that responds to residential home and apartment fires providing emergency lodging, financial assistance, leading responders on-scene on his nights off work. He served as Shelter Supervisor for 3 California Wildfires, Canteen Lead on-site for Newhall Pass Tunnel Explosion & Metrolink Train Derailment, Casework Team for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Operation (DRO) (4 weeks) & Hurricane Rita (3 weeks) and 2017 Louisiana Floods DRO Casework Team, 2018 California Floods Shelter Supervisor in Sun Valley, CA., 2019 DAT Supervisor on the Bug Bomb Explosion Response & Getty Fire Shelter Supervisor. In addition, he is a Red Cross Youth District Youth Advisor mentoring youth and as a Youth First Aid Team Supervisor where he ensures youth age 16-18 are trained in Emergency Medical Response, CPR for Professional Rescue and youth age 17 to become Emergency Medical Responders and he supervises them on Red Cross First Aid Teams. In addition to DAT Captain during COVID-19 he has become a Public Affairs Officer and Public Information Officer and provided more than 370 hours worked as Red Cross Media Hotline Officer. David was recently at work with the US Department of Homeland Security as an Immigration Services Officer when he was rushed by ambulance during work when a virus entered his Pericardium outer lining of the heart and he could not breathe. He was in recovery for close to 2 weeks. We're amazed he recovered so fast. Thanks to amazing doctors he is back with us. We want him to take it easy and take a break from volunteering during COVID-19. We already had a big scare with David. He's supposed to rest and take it easy but, he feels such a strong dedication to help his community during COVID-19 that he is going back to Red Cross and next week he will be back as a Public Information Officer with Disaster Public Affairs and next month after he's medically cleared, back on duty as Captain of a Disaster Team. He is my hero and I would like him to be recognized for all he does to help people.

U.S. Federal Officer—Homeland Security Los Angeles CA
Ronald Turner II Hoover AL
Cathryn Valdez

Cathryn Valdez
Cathryn goes above and beyond the call of duty for patients and her colleagues. She's reliable and dependable as a worker and citizen within her community.

Hospital Supply Coordinator Dallas GA
Antonio Vickerie

Antonio Vickerie
Throughout this entire pandemic he has been required to work or be on call. Checking generators and pumps and repairing them as needed, ensuring that the runoff, sewage and drain water continues to flow. It is such an imperative function that we take for granted. Without people like Antonio working everyday this pandemic would be totally unbearable. I could not imagine what it would be like if the drains in our home did not drain. Or if the streets were backed up with sewage. Thank you to Antonio and everyone that works in the under recognized positions. You are needed and you are appreciated.

Sanitation Worker Atlanta GA
LaDonna Washington Teacher/Nurse Roxie MS
Arielle Watson Nurse – USAF Marietta GA
John Whitmon

John Whitmon
John is a fantastic science teacher! He has been teaching students for 27 years. Many of his students have been calling or coming by( before the pandemic) for years to thank him for all of wise advice he gave then while they were in school. He is that teacher who cares about students, is true role model and community leader. Even in the pandemic and teaching virtually, parents thank him for being their child’s advocate. He is definitely a Hometown Hero!

Teacher Stockbridge GA
Yvette Wilder

Yvette Wilder
I'm nominating the Central Registry Unit of South Carolina Department of Social Services. They have been working since March 18th to keep Children and Vulnerable Adults of SC safe throughout this pandemic. The entire unit consist of older adults who many of them have underlaying conditions but they chose to work any way. While many of the agency essential workers received a bonus this unit did not. They deserve to be recognized for their efforts.

Child Welfare Worker Columbia SC
Ashley Williams Store Clerk/Grocer Rockville MD
Mitchell Williams Supervisor of Facilities @ Grambling State University Grambling LA
Tiffany Williams Roberts

Tiffany Williams Roberts
Tiffany has served as a mentor, professor, and leader within the community of Atlanta for as long as I can remember. She has practiced law, organized bailouts, social justice events and protest within the city of Atlanta and beyond; and is a proud member of The Movement for Black Lives. She has truly dedicated her day to day life to helping those impacted by the social justice system regardless the color of their skin, religious background, or gender. She truly believes that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, and the amount of lives she has impacted throughout the country truly makes her a #HometownHero

Community Leader/Volunteer Atlanta GA
LeAnthony Williams Sr. Warehouse Worker Atlanta GA
Marcus Willingham Warehouse Worker Atlanta GA
Mattie Odessa Storey

Mattie Odessa Storey
Mattie is a committed servant of the community. She has served as a poll worker in West Atlanta for over 12 years. Her dedication to assuring that people exercise their right to vote is unwavering .

Poll Worker Atlanta GA
Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams
She has lupus and has still been showing up to every shift working the front lines some days even while in pain saying that her customers need her.

Dallas GA
Tommy Moore

Tommy Moore
Pastor Tommy Moore, once homeless, is bringing schools, churches, restaurants, communities and organizations together to provide food, gifts, fellowship, and free Christmas block parties to neighbors in need since last year humbly spotlighting teen, children and adult volunteers!

Pastor Myrtle Beach SC
Gina Billingsley

Gina Billingsley
During these hard times, Gina has made the choice to become a front-line worker by offering her great services to the wonderful children in her community. She has continued to provide an education to the children in her community all while others have made the choice to think of their own families during this pandemic. She is such an awesome person and has always been. I nominate her because she and I have been very good friends for over 20 years and I know that she will continue to provide the same dedication and support to all of her wonderful loving children around her community.

Teacher Rex GA
Alphonso Anderson

Alphonso Anderson
They have had to work throughout this pandemic without hazardous pay, more than 100 drivers being diagnosed with COVID-19, all the while grieving the loss of his mother six weeks ago.

Atlanta GA
Enid Parker

Enid Parker
This is a registered nurse that goes to school never stop going to work raise our children on this afternoon the best way she can living in the fear working in healthcare and being around her children every day and her family but she holds her head I probably and goes even though she takes care of her mother-in-law and her grandmother in law also she's awesome she's my wife she's my hometown hero

Nurse Kennesaw GA
Anthony Cayetano

Anthony Cayetano
He goes above and beyond the call of duty for his students and staff.

Teacher Dallas GA
Kim Cayetano

Kim Cayetano
She continues to work and serve the families of Paulding County!

Dallas GA
Regina Brewster

Regina Brewster
Regina is a Surgical Technician at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Although, COVID19 has pushed Healthcare workers to their limits, Regina has not missed a day of work this year. She is known for her attention to detail, caring spirit and outworking those half her age. Regina's dedication to duty and stellar performance are vital to the successful accomplishment of the Emory healthcare mission. Regina is undeniably a SHERO!

Surgical Technician Atlanta GA