Published on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 17:30
WBBM-AM and the Chicago Air and Water Show are trying to help the United States Air Force Thunderbirds find a "Chicago Hometown Hero." The Thunderbirds, headliners of the 2011 Chicago Air and Water Show, are looking for nominees to be considered for a ride with the famous acrobatic aviation team while they are in Chicago during the August event.
According to the Thunderbirds, the "Hometown Hero" is a person who has displayed the same effort and sacrifice put forth by American's Airmen every day. The program is not designed to reward actions, but to showcase those who amazing things in their communities. Examples of a "Hometown Hero" would be: an average citizen who heroically saved a life; a renowned teacher; a community humanitarian; a local firefighter, paramedic or police officer; one who mentor's children or volunteers as a coach or tutor in a youth program; or someone who dedicates their life to working with at-risk children.
The first "Chicago Hometown Hero," selected in 2009 was Chicago Fireman Brian Otto, who in April the year before, saved a 2 year-old boy from drowning in Lake Michigan.
The nomination process began this week and will run through May 6th. Nominations can be submitted on-line only at Newsradio 780's website HERE
. The nominating person will be required to prepare a short essay describing the reasons why their "Hometown Hero" nomination should be considered.
Nominees must live in the Greater Chicagoland area, counties in Illinois include: Cook, Will, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kendall, Kane and Grundy. To be considered, nominees will have to meet specific requirements set by the United States Air Force to be eligible to fly.
Individuals who are NOT eligible to win include: elected and appointed officials; unit honorary commanders; newscasters, reporters or any individuals who have the capability to garner publicity in their own right; persons with prior felony convictions; and those physically unable to take part in the jet flight. More details concerning the contest, eligibility requirements and rules, can be found on the Chicago Air & Water Show website HERE
The 53rd Annual Chicago Air and Water Show is set to take place on August 20th and 21st along Chicago's lakefront at North Avenue Beach. WBBM-AM is once again the summer event's official broadcast partner.