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Profile praises area ‘heroes’

In what has become an annual tradition, the last Sunday each February is like The Tribune’s Super Bowl when the yearly Profile edition is distributed to readers.

The 2015 edition will be no different, but what many may not know is the process that it takes to put a project like this together.

In what is by far our largest project of the year, the publication will be more than 100 pages and feature complex stories and art to showcase the great things about Lawrence County and the region.

While the it takes the entire staff of The Tribune several months to get the project out to you, the readers, on that last Sunday in February, we can use your help.

One of the many features you have seen in previous editions of Profile is the section dubbed “Unsung Heroes.”

In our society today, much of the praise for heroes are directed at movie stars, athletes or in some cases, politicians, and we overlook those who truly should be considered a hero.

Those could include a parent, law enforcement and first responders, medical personnel, educators and those serving or who have served in the military.

Going a step further, an unsung hero doesn’t have to wear a uniform or be in the spotlight. It can be the neighbor or person who contributes their time or finances to help others.

Ultimately, I could write a laundry list but you get the idea.

The point is that we want to recognize those who deserve acknowledgment for their service to the community.

The best candidates of those submitted to the Tribune will be featured in the 2015 Profile edition.

If you know of someone in your school, church or community who deserves to be an “Unsung Hero” but never seeks the attention, we want to know about those people so they can be recognized.

All nominations must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 9, by filling out the form that we will begin publishing during the upcoming week or emailing a short write-up to Brandon Roberts (brandon.roberts@irontontribune.com) explaining why the individual you chose is an Unsung Hero to you.

If you fill out the form, you can drop it by our office at 2903 S. Fifth St., Ironton during our normal business hours or mail it to P.O. Box 647 Ironton, OH 45638. If it is mailed, please put it to the attention of “Unsung Hero.”

Whether you fill out the form or submit the information via email, please be sure to include your name, address and telephone number with the nomination.

While you can submit a nomination anonymously, we encourage you to include the above information to ensure we can properly make the needed verifications.

You can make as many nominations as you would like as long as they are received by the Jan. 9 deadline.

Our county and region are filled with many individuals who work hard to help others and the community without seeking any credit.

We want to give them the credit they deserve.

 

Josh Morrison is the general manager at The Tribune. To reach him, call 740-532-1441 ext. 16 or by email at josh.morrison@irontontribune.com.