The Hometown Heroes of Peoria
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Video: Hamby named Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in Trailblazer category

Theaters across the country were dark in 2020, into 2021, and have only recently begun to find more widespread life since COVID-19 began to spread.
Capt. Hunter Clare

Recovering from the explosion, coming out on top

As a fire fighter for the Peoria Fire-Medical Department, Capt. Hunter Clare was badly injured in an explosion at an APS battery facility in Surprise in April of 2019, and has yet to return to full duty work.
Peoria High School science teacher Jeff Sears has been named the Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in the trailblazer category.

Peoria teacher introduces students to science

It was around the sixth grade when Diego Cardenas Rivera started to take an interest in STEM disciplines. At that time he became involved with the MESA program at Peoria High School. He learned about …
Ken Parsons was named Peoria Independent’s Hometown Hero in the Community Cheerleader category.

Parsons honored as Peoria Hometown Hero in Community Cheerleader category

To Ken Parsons, business and community are intrinsically intertwined.
Dean Slack brought his love for music to Peoria when he moved to Peoria in the 1950s. Over the years, Mr. Slack contributed his many talents to the community, making it a better place.

Hometown Heroes launches by recognizing long-time Peoria resident

Over the years, Dean Slack, 83, has donated his time to the Peoria community in an astounding variety of ways. His dedication to the community has earned him a nomination for the first Peoria …
Cindy Humes is the 2021 Hometown Hero in the Spiritual category.

VIDEO: God has a plan for Peoria-based Deep Within

The COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark on everybody, but 2020 is a year Cindy Humes will never forget.

Video: Paving the path for a bright future

Centennial High School Senior Crystal Bond has a bright future ahead of her.
Troy Borman has been named the Hometown Hero in the Entrepreneur category.

VIDEO: In the business of hitting home runs

Mountain Ridge High School Senior Troy Borman has loved and played baseball since he was knee high to a baseball bat. But when the pandemic hit and many things shut down — including his high school baseball season  — he was disheartened.

VIDEO: To the moon and back - Peoria teacher brings adventure of science, space to classroom

For Peoria Unified School District teacher Jennifer Cheesman, science and space really are the final frontiers.
Rosalina Vilar is the Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in the category of health care.

VIDEO: Making a home for Peoria’s seniors

Cleanliness is great. But caregiving is next to godliness. Just ask the family members of the clients who Rosalina Vilar cares for.
Olga Tipton-Tucker has been named the Peoria Independent Hometown Hero in the veteran category. The Hometown Heroes Awards are a celebration of individuals who live in the city, and Peoria businesses for their local achievements and distinguished contributions to the community.

Pushing through PTSD to give back to vets in need

Olga Tipton-Tucker’s call to serve her country has long been in her temperament — her dad served in the military for 23 years and she was surrounded by male figures who served as well.
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Video: Coach Babb continues legacy of heritage at Peoria High School

The heritage of Peoria High School runs deep. Layers and layers of past legacies have made it what it is today and William Babb is a prime example of that.
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Video: Zuri’s Circle spreads its wings in Peoria

For Peoria resident Kimberly Muhammad, volunteerism and lifting her community up is a way of life.
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