Everyday Heroes 2018

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We have photographed the Everyday Heroes event each year since 2014.

Salute to Everyday Heroes

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Everyday Heroes

Good News is good news. Bill Murphy profiles a local person who is making a difference in the Bay area and beyond on “Everyday Heroes.” Tune in every Monday starting at 5:53 a.m. for stories that will warm your heart and soul. To nominate an Everyday Hero, please email[email protected]Along with the name of the person you are nominating, be sure to include contact information–including email and phone number and a short explanation of why they are a hero.

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 Everyday Heroes – Tampa 2018 Winners

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Here are all the winners of our Everyday Hero awards:

  • Viewer’s Choice Award: Andy Kline
    • Almost 20 years ago, Andy Kline and his wife Brenda founded the non-profit Odessa Wildlife Rescue and Sanctuary.  Giving unwanted animals a forever home.
  • Young Hero of the Year: Jacob Turner
    • Jacob Turner took it upon himself to show our local law enforcement how much they’re appreciated, in his own creative way. Jacob and his father have been making American flags out of woodwork since 2017.
  • Volunteer Hero of the Year: Edward Myles
    • Edward Myles took it upon himself, and even used a lot of his own money, to help feed those in need, one sandwich and snack at a time.  Myles is the founder of a non-profit organization called “Let’s Feed Folks.”
  • Health Advocate Hero fo the Year: Dr. William Geyer
    • William Geyer not only treats people’s teeth, he also makes sure animals maintain good dental health. And when we say animals, anything goes.
  • Public Service Hero of the Year: Jim McCook
    • Jim McCook took it upon himself to photograph shelter dogs, showcasing their personalities, and giving them a better chance at finding their forever home.
  • Education Hero of the Year: Ellen Bernstein
    • Ellen Bernstein is a Holocaust survivor, and she shares her story to prevent future generations from ever forgetting the absence of humanity that was the Holocaust.

    Hero of the Year: Kelvin Rackard

    • Kelvin Rackard, who is deaf, volunteers at the Homeless Empowerment Program in Clearwater where they provide meals, housing, and other services to individuals and veterans. Workers say Rackard is one of their secret gems on campus.

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