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Matthew LaPlante
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Our Hometown Hero This Week Is Sgt. Matthew LaPlante

Our Hometown Hero this week is Matthew LaPlante from Tonawanda. He is a Sergeant in the Army and is currently deployed in Iraq. One of the coolest things about him is that he joined with his brother Andrew and has been serving with him.

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Col. Kurt Hammer
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Our Hometown Hero This Week Is Col. Kurt Hammer!

Col. Kurt Hammer is currently serving in his 37th year in the Air Force, which began in 1976. He has been at Niagara since 1980 and is the longest serving member at Niagara Falls Reserve Station ever at 32 plus years.

After 37 years in the Air Force, he has shown thousands what it means to fight for something you truly believe in.

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Staff Sergant Casey Craumer
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Casey Craumer Is This Week’s Hometown Hero

Casey is a former Staff Sergeant with the United States Army!  He served six years at Fort Bragg and comes to us from Randolph. We want to thank Casey for his brave service to his country!

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Jim Militello
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WYRK’s Hometown Hero This Week Is Jim Militello

This week's Hometown Hero is 21-year-old Jim Militello from Lakeview. Jim is a 2010 graduate of Frontier High School. He studied Criminal Justice at Daytona State College for two years after high school but decided he wanted to do something more with his life, so he joined the Marines.

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Jared Wygant
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Jared Wygant Is This Week’s Hometown Hero!

This week's Hometown Hero comes to us originally from Angola. Congratulations to 23-year-old Jared Wygant. He is a Seabee from the U.S. Navy, and he has been chosen as this week's Hometown Hero.

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Captain Daniel Burger
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Daniel Burger Is This Week’s Hometown Hero

This week's Hometown Hero is Kenmore West Senior High School graduate Daniel Burger. He's a Captain in the Army Infantry and is currently serving in Fort Benning in Georgia as he waits with his wife for the birth of their first child.

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Kaillee Bridges
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Kaillee Bridges — This Week’s Hometown Hero

This week's Hometown Hero comes to us from Warsaw, N.Y. Her name is Kaillee Bridges, and she served in the United States Marine Corps. We celebrate her life and her service to our country this Memorial Day Weekend.

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Senior Airman Patrick Little
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Senior Airman Patrick Little Is This Week’s Hometown Hero!

We head over to the Air Force this week to find our Hometown Hero. It's Senior Airman Patrick Little.

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Sgt. Josh Haseley
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Sgt. Josh Haseley Is This Week’s Hometown Hero!

We would like to send our sincere thanks to our Hometown Hero Of The Week!  This week it is Army Sgt. Josh Haslely. Originally from Newfane, Sgt Hasley is currently serving in Afghanistan.

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Cpl. Adam Wiepert
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Corporal Adam Wiepert is This Week’s Hometown Hero!

We would like to send our sincere thanks to our Hometown Hero Of The Week! Adam Wiepert is a 26-year-old Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. Originally from Lancaster, Adam is currently serving his second tour in Afghanistan.

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Nominate A Soldier To Be WYRK’s Hometown Hero

I think it's pretty sad when we know the most ridiculous facts about our favorite athletes, singers and celebrities -- but really don't know much about the people who are giving us the freedom to enjoy such luxuries.

I also think that it's time we begin to give the soldiers who are currently fighting or have fought in the past some recognition.

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