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Hometown Heroes – Hall of Heroes

Abilene is home to quite a few extraordinary men and women, many of whom serve (or have served) in the military and also those who are local first responders (police, firefighters, EMS). Townsquare Media is honored to be a part of this great community and would like to thank those who put their lives on the line each and every day.

Please, join us in honoring our Hometown Heroes by thanking them for their willingness to sacrifice their lives for the freedom we enjoy daily. Not only do these heroes put their lives on the line day in and day out, but they also sacrifice time with their families that we take for granted.

Take a few minutes to browse through the Hall of Heroes and please leave a message or two to these brave men and women.

Submit Your Hometown Hero Here

Scott Langford

Scott Langford

Submitted by: Susan Langford


United States Air Force

Lieutenant Langford is devoted to his country. He is currently assigned to the 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Since February his mission has been to fly and defend the freedoms that all Americans enjoy and we are proud of the value he has placed willingly and voluntarily on protecting those freedoms. His daily missions are critical to our defense and Lieutenant Langford is definitely making a difference for our country. Please continue to pray with his family for his health and welfare.


jesus ramos

Jesus Ramos

Submitted by: Maria Ramos


United States Air Force

SSgt Ramos is My Hero, Because he has stepped up to defend our country. He has sacrificed Many Birthdays, Holidays, & Anniversaries. He is always the first one to volunteer to help someone out. He does not do his job for the glory, but for the pride in knowing he is protecting the people he loves and cares for. He is never the first one to take the glory for his title. He is everything a Man should be to a wife and his children. He has deployed many times and is currently deployed again. I miss him but I know why he does his job and I am Proud to be his Wife.


doyle rone

Doyle Rone

Submitted by: Michelle Rone


De Leon Fire Chief

Doyle Rone has been involved with the De Leon Fire Department for over 25 years. He has been the fire chief for 5 years. He is always the first person to lend a hand and is a huge support to the community. He not only is involved in several other organizations but at one time was EMS as well. He was named De Leon’s Man of the Year in January 2010. He is an inspiration and someone to look up to. He is a family man, Grandpa, and most importantly a man of honor.


stephen struve

Stephen Struve

Submitted by: Staci Blubaugh


United States Army

Private First Class Stephen Struve, graduated from Wylie High School in 2007. He is currently stationed in Bamberg, Germany. PFC Struve recently returned to Germany after a year long deployment to Afghanistan with the 42nd Clearance Company. He is married to Tana (Gibbs) Struve of Winters and they have one daughter Paisley 18 months old.

Col. Scott Petersen, commander of the 18th Eng. Bde commented on their return from Afghanistan.

“We are immensely proud. We have been tracking what you do, what you’ve done downrange, and it’s just phenomenal,” Petersen said. “In fact, I think I’m looking at the best engineering company I have ever seen in the United States Army.”


joe mack howard

Joe Mack Howard

Submitted by: Marie Howard


United States Navy

My Grandfather was a sailor in the US Navy during the 1960s. He fought several minor battles during his service. Our family has been going through some tough times lately, but I know that no matter what, my grandpa will always be their for me, and will never stop taking care of me. Although he is retired, he still acts like a sailor, loving, and caring for those around him. I am proud that my grandpa was a member of the military.


Jacob Heinz

Jacob Heinz

Submitted by: Bobbie Arnold


United States Army

I have not only the solider who serves in the army and protects our country but also the best son in law God could have given me. Jacob is a very strong man in his beliefs for God, country and family. He just became my son in law a little over a year ago. He has taken my 2 grandchildren and gave them a wonderful father. He is a true example of what a father, husband and a soldier are. He is currently stationed in Oklahoma but he is from Abilene, TX.


chance darby

Chance William Darby

Submitted by: Lynlee Darby


United States Army

My son is a home town boy…graduated from Jim Ned. He went in the Army 5 years ago at 18. He is 1st Brigade 82nd Airborne. He did one combat tour in Iraq and just returned from Afghanistan in September. On May 31,2012 he was shot in the back of the head during a mission. The bullet lodged in his helmet. It only missed his neck by a small margin. He did not make a big deal of it…some of his close friends had been hurt worse or killed he didn’t feel he should be recognized in any way. My son is my hero. He loves his family especially his nieces and nephews and helped me raise 3 of my grandchildren during his Sr. year of high school. His love for his family and friends and country is unconditional. I am nominating him because he would never accept any recognition for his service and sacrifice. But I believe he deserves to be recognized.



James Wesley Brown

Submitted by: Darryl and Donna Montes


United States Army

He has dedicated his life since Graduation from Abilene High School to the Military and will soon
retire after 20 years of Dedication.



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