Hometown Hero: Marines Staff Sgt. Robert Simms III
Robert Simms III was deployed as a helicopter engine mechanic to Afghanistan, where he watched his youngest daughter born via Skype as he served his country.
Hometown Hero: Dr. Galen Shi
Dr. Galen Shi started the WeGo Foundation to help pediatric inpatients to have virtual experiences to escape their hospital rooms.
Hometown Hero: Col. Bruce Lynch
Col. Bruce Lynch is the director of the Air Force C-Stars Baltimore Program, which brings Air Force medics to train before going overseas to treat trauma patients.
Hometown Hero: Dominic 'Farmer' Nell
Dominic Nell launched City Weeds & Be More Green to renovate vacant lots in Baltimore and provide free produce twice weekly.
Hometown Hero: Danny Farrar
Army veteran Danny Farrar was a first responder in the military and on 9/11 at the Pentagon. After a tough transition, he has founded SOLDIERFIT and Platoon 22 to reduce veteran suicides.
Hometown Hero: Victoria Clausen
Floral Fetes owner Victoria Clausen has raised more than $100,000 with her business to help those struggling through the war in her home country of Ukraine.
Hometown Hero: Andrew Dardick and Brandon Millman
Local high school friends, Andrew and Brandon started TeamoTherapy to help cancer patients by streaming video games and buying consoles for hospitals.
Hometown Hero: Ron Hill and Chuck Paterakis
Truck driver Ron Hill handed out 400-500 loaves of bread, with the approval of H&S Owner Chuck Paterakis, to people stranded on I-95 by ice.
Hometown Hero: Noel Acton
Noel Acton is the founder of the Baltimore inner-city Tender Bridge Foundation and Baltimore Banners hockey team that helps at-risk youth.
Hometown Hero: Kinsley Potts
The 2022 International United Miss Maryland Preteen volunteers with different organizations across the state and started her own "Art From The Heart."
Hometown Hero: Melissa Martin of Stanley Snacks
Stanley Snacks provides snacks to public schools for kids who suffer from food insecurity and hunger.
Hometown Hero: Kathleen Gelman
A lifelong Maryland resident, Kathleen Gelman helped people in her community get appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations and arranged their rides. She helped get 302 people vaccinated.
Hometown Hero: Sergeant Shawn Coho
Shawn Coho has completed 18 years of active duty time, including four tours of deployment, as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard.
Hometown Hero: Ocean City Fire Department
On May 2, 2021, the Ocean City Fire Department was dispatched to a serious motor vehicle accident on the Ocean City Expressway, where a bystander stepped up to save a baby in the water.
Hometown Hero: Volunteer Firefighter Richard Presberry
Richard Presberry was the first African-American firefighter in the Bel Air company and went on to have a decorated career with more than 35,000 calls.
Hometown Hero: Arthur 'Squeaky' Kirk
The CEO & Founder of the Ruth M. Kirk Recreation and Learning Center is honoring the legacy of his mother by helping people in need in Baltimore.
Hometown Hero: Kintira Barbour
A Baltimore native, Kintira Barbour is the President of the Mount Claire Community Council, helping to turn around the neighborhood.
Hometown Hero: D.J. Chris Kopec
D.J. Kopec raised more than $1 million for charity by streaming dance parties from his basement during COVID-19.
Hometown Hero: Johns Hopkins Hospital's Joseph Wice
Joseph Wice has been an environmental care associate for five years at Johns Hopkins Hospital. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has chipped in to help as much as possible.
Hometown Hero: Marine Cpl. Kevin Marburger
After retiring from the Marine Corps in 2012, Cpl. Marburger developed an alcohol addiction. He found treatment got sober, and has now started a charity in Maryland called the Veterans Addiction Foundation.
Hometown Hero: Val Jenkins
Val Jenkins is the founder of Hug Don't Shoot, a non-profit that is working to bring love to everybody in our community.
Hometown Hero: Army's Dwayne Jackson
Dwayne Jackson spent 13 years in the Army before moving into the fire department to continue serving others.
Hometown Hero: Nick Doetsch
The Pasadena Boat Works owner and his business partner came up with the idea of Kenzie-Covers to make an N95 mask more fun for kids and medical personnel.
Hometown Hero: CW4 Army Ret. Claude Boushey
Claude Boushey was a helicopter pilot who suffered major injuries in a crash in Iraq, leaned to walk again, then redeployed.
Hometown Hero: Army Maj. Mike Sofinowski
Mike Sofinowski became an officer and led troops into combat operations over the past 19 years, including most recently in Iraq.