This week’s Hometown Hero is a retired couple who taught at Bethel College

Heroes are all around us every day, like teachers who make learning fun for students and firefighters and police officers who risk their lives for our safety. Even a helpful neighbor who helps out in a pinch is a hero.

This fall, News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and Martin’s Super Markets are teaming up to honor our Hometown Heroes.

Starting now, we want you to nominate a Michiana resident who you know and consider to be a hero. Submit a photo (if you can) and explain why this person is such a hero in your life.

As we collect submissions, 95.3 MNC’s Mark McGill will choose one Hometown Hero a week and feature their story on Michiana’s Morning News. The chosen heroes will also be featured throughout the week on 95.3 MNC.

We’ll choose one winner a week for seven weeks. All Hometown Heroes will be invited to a breakfast awards ceremony from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at Martin’s Super Market at S.R. 23 and Ironwood Drive. Each Hometown Hero will be able to bring up to four guests.

The Hometown Hero for the week of October 17 is Dr. Bob and Joyce Laurent:

Listener Katherine has written us, saying: 

“My hometown hero is a husband and wife who have together had a huge impact on my life! Dr. Bob and Joyce Laurent were both professors at Bethel College during my freshman year of college. They believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, and they helped me navigate some really difficult times and situations. They imparted to me a passion for learning, and because of their impact on my life, I want to do the same for others. They’ve inspired and encouraged me even after they’ve both retired. I’m truly thankful for them both, and though they’re not the type to seek recognition, they deserve to be recognized because they impacted so many students! They’ve been a source of inspiration and hope for so many! Please consider honoring them, as they truly are hometown heroes!”


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