General Motors Names Three First Responders as Hero Finalists
By: Stevie Hoey
October 7, 2011 9:01 am CT
The Driving the Midwest team is pleased to honor our latest group of hero finalists, all of who are first responders. Policemen, firemen and paramedics embody what it means to be a true hero, and we need YOUR help to name one our winner!
Take a few moments to read all of the stories below, and then cast your vote for the person who you think should be named our hero winner. After the voting period, the finalist with the most votes, and his or her nominator, will win a week-long loan of a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle along with a special hero package.
Elizabeth Robinson-Chan from Aurora, nominated by Nydia Ramirez
Elizabeth is an Aurora police officer who truly cares about everyone she meets. She will literally take whatever she has and give it away to a person who is in need. She is dedicated to helping others, and if she doesn’t have it she will purchase and donate brand new items even to people she knows absolutely nothing about. As a co-worker, she is always available and at hand to help with any given task at any time, even during her time off. She goes well above and beyond of what is expected of her.
Al Allen from North Riverside, nominated by Chris Kirbales
Al is an outstanding member of the area fire department. While on duty, Al was sent to his lieutenant’s house on an emergency call. Once he arrived, Al performed CPR and other ALS care which helped his lieutenant’s heart to start beating again. Not only is Al a dedicated first responder, but he also saved the life of one of his own. He is a true hero to us all.
Phil Carmody from Naperville, nominated by John Halgren
Phil is a hero for two reasons. Not only is he a Naperville firefighter paramedic, but he also serves as the President on the Board of Directors for ‘Opportunity Knocks,’ an organization dedicated to advancing opportunities for challenged adults in our neighborhood. His brother, Mike, founded the organization and was inspired by their brother John, who has Down syndrome. Phil campaigns tirelessly and truly represents a hometown hero.
Vote Here for Your Illinois First Responder Hero
Remember, only one vote per person per round! We actively monitor voting to ensure all votes follow the Our Town, Our Heroes Contest Rules.
Voting for this round of Our Town, Our Heroes ends at 6:00 P.M. CT on October 13, 2011! We will announce the winner and the winning hero’s nominator on October 14, so be sure to keep checking DrivingtheMidwest.com and follow us on Twitter @DrivingMidwest for real-time updates!
Remember, we’re always accepting nominations for Our Town, Our Heroes, so nominate YOUR hero today!