North Carolina Dealers, NC Governor Roy Cooper Honor local First Responders

Auto Dealers hold 4th NC Hometown Heroes Recognition Program

(Cary, NC)— Governor Roy Cooper joined with the North Carolina new car, truck and RV dealers on Tuesday to recognize 30 North Carolina First Responders as part of the 4th annual Hometown Heroes recognition luncheon in Cary.

The first responders, representing several areas from around North Carolina, included men and women from fire departments, police and sheriff’s departments, State Highway Patrol and 911 operators. In addition, for the first time in the program, two officers were recognized posthumously for their service.

“This is the 4th year that North Carolina’s new car, truck and RV dealers have recognized our local Hometown Heroes. As an industry it is our privilege to support our local first responders who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. These men and women put their lives on the line for all of us! The least we can do is to say THANK YOU!”, stated NCADA Chairman Jay Wyatt from Fayetteville.

First responders recognized this year included one first responder who is also a living organ donor, having donated his kidney and part of his liver. Others include a first responder who has removed more than 600 illegal guns from the streets of High Point NC.

“Dealers are tremendously supportive of their local first responders and this is one statewide program that allows all Hometown Heroes to see that they are appreciated in their communities,” commented Robert Glaser, President of NCADA.

The North Carolina Hometown Heroes program was started on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America and, to date, has recognized more than 140 North Carolina First responders. Honorees are nominated by their local new car, truck and RV dealer and are presented with a small stipend as part of the recognition lunch.

The NCADA Charitable Foundation has been working to recognize first responders through its Hometown Heroes program across the state for the past four years. Programs supported by North Carolina’s franchised dealers in recent years have included the WWII Flight of Honor, the Teacher of the Year program and the Drive for Troops Program.

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