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: Major Mike Jenkins
Mike Jenkins joined the Maryland National Guard when he was 23, flew helicopters, and commanded over 250 troops in Iraq and Kuwait.
Hometown Hero: Pierre Gibbons
Pierre Gibbons went to save a neighbor from a house fire but paid a steep price with major burns that nearly killed him, requiring 38 surgeries and eight months of ICU to recover from.
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: Miranda Mittleman
The author of the 'Paws & Think' books always had a passion for poetry and her rescue dog, Weaver. Miranda created a charity that donates a portion of the proceeds from every book she sells and does school visits.
Hometown Hero: Mike Griffith
Founder & President of Gold in Fight Foundation Mike Griffith helps kids and families fighting childhood cancer in Maryland and beyond.
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: Asma Inge-Hanif
For over 45 years, Asma has been a nurse taking care of those underserved and uninsured. Inge Benevolent Ministries provides health education, social and shelter services.
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: U.S. Navy LCDR Diana An
A nurse with the Navy, she deployed to Afghanistan, Malaysia and Vietnam. Now she is fighting the biggest fight at home with COVID-19.
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: Retired U.S. Army Pilot Barry Root
Barry Root was drafted to serve in Vietnam and was one of the lucky pilots to come back alive from the largest helicopter battle in history.
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.
Hometown Hero: Army Staff Sgt. Martin Jones
Matin Jones enlisted in the Army in 1987 and served for 20 years. He was wounded five times in 2005.
Hometown Hero: U.S. Army's Solomon Taylor
Solomon Taylor was a 20 year old who didn't know how to drive when he joined the Army. Then he drove huge trucks in WWII.
Hometown Hero: Air Force Cpt. Stephan Bitner
Stephan Bitner knew he wanted to be a pilot when he saw planes flying overhead as a child, and he wanted to honor family members who also served.