Decatur honored 14 Hometown Heroes for contributions made to the Decatur community on December 6 at the December Decatur Business Association meeting held at Agnes Scott College. The 2011 Heroes are Alan Ashe, Marc Brennan, Roger Bryant, Jodi Dick, Daniel Flores, Walter Kellar, Lori Leland Kirk, Louis and Sandra Rice, Susan Riley, Mark Sanders, Melissa Stratton, Seegar Swanson and Kyle Williams.
Hometown Heroes are those volunteers who work, often behind the scenes, to make the City of Decatur a better place to live, work and play. They are nominated by people in the community and are judged by professionals who work with volunteers on a regular basis and do not know the nominees.
Decatur started its Hometown Hero program in 1996 at the close of the Hometown to the World Festival held during the Olympics. The 14-day festival was a success because of the hundreds of volunteers who helped.At the close of that festival, the City Commission honored the volunteers. Since then the Hometown Hero awards have been presented annually. With the 2011 presentations, Decatur has designated 245 Hometown Heroes.
There is a “Hometown Hero Wall” in City Hall with a photo and the names of all of the Hometown Heroes by year. It is located on the 1st floor stairs going down to the City Commission Meeting Room. The 2011 heroes will join the display this month. All of the Hometown Heroes are also featured on the City of Decatur website at www.decaturga.com.