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2019 Hometown Hero Nominees

Barrett Elwood

Cabarrus Co. Sheriff's Department

Sergeant Elwood has been a sworn deputy sheriff for 20 years and is now a School Resource Officer who mentors at-risk students and developed an active shooter/rapid deployment program.

Nominated By: Ben Mynatt Dealerships

Frank Hix

New Bern Police Department

Officer Hix served in the marines for 24 years and is now a member of the special response team with the New Bern Police Department. He has been instrumental in several high risk entries and search warrant executions and is now a New Bern Police Recruiter

Nominated By: New Bern Auto Group

Darren Almond

Stanly county EMS

Mr. Almond has served with the EMS for 21 years and is dedicated to saving lives in the Stanly County community.

Nominated By: Friendly Chevrolet

Chris Hendges

Harnett County EMS

Assistant Chief of EMS Chris Hendges has tirelessly and proudly served the citizens of Harnett County for 30 years. Chris will be retiring in January 2020, serving as a volunteer firefighter, EMT, Paramedic and Medical Examiner. He held the position of Angier Fire Chief previously.

Nominated By: Hiester Automotive Group

Donald Belton

High Point Police Department

Officer Belton is known to provide assistance to those in need. He regularly supplies infant formula or groceries for hungry families without seeking recognition.

Nominated By: High Point Area Dealers

Jeffery Oldham

Lee County Sheriff's Department

In July 2019 Sgt. Oldham was involved in a vehicle accident while pursuing a wanted suspect that attempted to strike Sgt. Oldham with a vehicle. Sgt. Oldham is still recovering from injuries as a result of the accident. Sgt. Oldham’s continued perseverance is not only an inspiration to our Department but shows his dedication to the citizens of Lee County.

Nominated By: Hiester Automotive Group

Karen Smith

Town of Cary - 911 Communication Center

Karen Smith answered a 911 call from a man who said his wife was in labor and did not believe they would make it to the hospital in time. With her assistance a beautiful, healthy baby girl was born just minutes later.

Nominated By: Johnson Hyundai of Cary

Harrison Booth

Durham Police Department

Officer Booth is the recipient of the American Heart Association - Heart Saver Hero award for saving the life of two individuals. He was able to perform chest compressions until EMS arrived.

Nominated By: Johnson Lexus of Durham

Doug Bissette

Washington Fire and Rescue

Doug Bissette works for Washington Fire and Rescue, Beaufort County EMS, and volunteers with fire prevention. He recently helped to recognize a fallen fire fighter from another county who he had never before met.

Nominated By: Lee Chevrolet

Toby Myrick

Wilson County Sheriffs Department

Detective Myrick is currently the senior detective of the CSI Unit. During the past year, his skills led the unit to uncover evidence and develop a case against suspects involved in a quadruple homicide on Christmas Eve, 2016, as well as to solve a 35 year old rape and homicide cold case.

Nominated By: Lee Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Lanny Bivens

Gaston County Emergency Medical Services

Lanny Coordinated a community event this year that paired children with intellectual and developmental delays with volunteer paramedics to allow those children to experience the joy of trick or treating.

Nominated By: Tindol Ford

Zachary Lechette

Gastonia Police Department

Officer Lechette gives of himself in a way different than most officers. Lechette has been a living-organ donor, not once but twice to complete strangers. He has donated a kidney in 2015 and a liver in 2019.

Nominated By: Tindol Ford

Michael Tackema

Fayetteville Police Department

Officer Tackema responded to the scene of a domestic disturbance where officers were pinned to the ground to avoid gunfire from the interior of the residence. Tackema placed himself in harms way to provide cover for other officers in close proximity to danger and was able to stabilize the situation.

Nominated By: Valley Auto World

Jarrett Bauguess

North Carolina State Highway Patrol

Trooper Bauguess has assisted in the prosecution and conviction of several second degree murders, involuntary man slaughters and felony deaths in 2019. His jurisdiction covers 21 counties in the triad area and his convictions will protect our highways for many years to come.

Nominated By: McNiell Nissan of Wilkesboro

In Memory of Jason Hensley

Triple Community Fire Department

Mr. Jason Hensley of Morganton died on Monday October 9, 2017 following a traffic accident while working as a volunteer with Triple Community Fire Department. He was an automobile mechanic, working in the Jerry Gibby Shop. Jason was a proud and dedicated volunteer with the Triple Community Fire Department and enjoyed helping others anytime there was a need.

Nominated By: John Greene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Everett Hockenberry III

Fayetteville Police Department

Sergeant Hockenberry combats human/sex trafficking in the Fayetteville area.

Nominated By: Bryan Honda

Barry Bryant

New Bern Police Department

Detective Bryant is a 24 year Marine Corp Veteran. Now a Master Police Officer II with New Bern Police as a member of the narcotics unity. He has conducted numerous federal and state investigations

Nominated By: New Bern Auto Group

David Esposito

Albemarle Police Department

Officer Esposito is a 30 year Navy veteran who now serves his community as a patrol officer for the city.

Nominated By: Friendly Chevrolet

Larry McCroskey

Stanly County Rescue Squad

Mr. McCroskey has 52 years of volunteer service with the Stanly County Rescue Squad and is an Order of the Long Leaf Pine recipent for his extraordinary service to the state

Nominated By: Friendly Chevrolet

Nicole Krapil

Fuquay-Varina Police Department

Officer Krapil is a Crisis Intervention Officer and she is one of the Department’s Hostage Negotiators. Krapil also represented the Town of Fuquay-Varina in a video partnership with Amazing Studios, the Wake County Drug Overdose Prevention and Wake County Government focusing on the Good Samaritan Law. The video was created to help those understand the law as well as understand how to call 911 for help during a drug overdose situation

Nominated By: Hiester Automotive Group

Matthew Michael

Raleigh Police Department

Officers Mullen and Michael were disbatched to a welfare check but the homeowner never answered the door. They entered the home and found an elderly woman who had fallen from her bed and was stuck between the bed and dresser. They aided in getting her into a wheelchair and caring for her until EMS arrived

Nominated By: Johnson Automotive Group

Kyle Mullen

Raleigh Police Department

Officers Mullen and Michael were disbatched to a welfare check but the homeowner never answered the door. They entered the home and found an elderly woman who had fallen from her bed and was stuck between the bed and dresser. They aided in getting her into a wheelchair and caring for her until EMS arrived

Nominated By: Johnson Automotive Group

Glenn Todd

City of Raleigh Fire Department

Mr. Todd is the coordinator for Honor Guard. His efforts are continually utilized for many events ranging from parades to funerals and other city sponsored events

Nominated By: Johnson Lexus of Raleigh

Michael Weese

Town of Cary Fire Department

Michael has been in the fire service for 10 years and is one of the first master firefighters to be approved to fill in for a captain. He has been promoted twice in the 5 years he has been with Cary FD. When he isn't fighting fires he spends time on a scout camp helping mold lives of young men.

Nominated By: Johnson Subaru of Cary

Michael Agerton

Gaston County Sheriffs Office

Mike works in the personnel division helping recruit and hire employees, while also serving as Quartermaster ordering uniforms and duty gear for the entire office all 200+ employees. Mike’s duty consist of testing individuals through our pre-employment testing procedures, conducting background checks, mailing reference forms and putting together files for each potential candidate for employment with the Sheriff’s Office. Mike has taken personal interest in candidates offering study guides and coming in after hours

Nominated By: Tindol Ford

David Black

Gastonia Fire Department

Firefighter Black has been a loyal employee of the city of Gastonia for 23 years and the assistant chief of hughs pond volunteer fire department for 11 years. David and his wife also serve their local community as active foster parents in Gaston County.

Nominated By: Tindol Ford

David Needham

High Point Police Department

Officer Neeham is a former Public School teacher in Davidson and Forsyth County. He has located and aprehended over 630 wanted suspects in 2019. When he is not working he runs a martial arts studio to teach life skills to citizens of all age.

Nominated By: High Point Area Dealers

Justin Fleming

High Point Police Department

Officer Justin Fleming repaired the mailbox for a frantic elderly woman following a major crash. She did not have the means to do it herself and feared she would be without mail delivery.

Nominated By: High Point Area Dealers

In Memory of Charles Hale Sr.

Wilkes Rescue Squad

Charles Hale Sr. passed away this September in a tragic accident. He was a Vietnam War Veteran where he served in the United States Marine Corps. During his service, he was awarded multiple medals. Charles was a member of the Wilkes Rescue Squad.  Charles was a devoted public servant in the community having given years of service to the NC Forest Service and working for Wilkes County EMS where he was a retired EMT Intermediate.

Nominated By: McNiell Nissan of Wilkesboro