The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

December 10, 2012

Help identify the state’s heroes

From the Governor

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

— When I think about our heroes, I think of the outstanding West Virginians I’ve had the privilege of meeting since becoming governor — the folks who’ve shown bravery in the most difficult of circumstances, folks who’ve committed themselves to a lifetime of selfless service, and folks who simply take care of their neighbors. These are the people I call heroes.

Earlier this year, one of our very own received national recognition for his heroism. West Virginia veteran James McCormick was honored with the esteemed Citizen Service Before Self Honors for his remarkable efforts to help thousands of veterans find homes and jobs. This very prestigious award was presented to James by those heroes whose actions have defined the word courage ‚ our Medal of Honor recipients, through the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

Each year, in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day, this award is presented to three U.S. citizens who have done something extraordinary and who represent the values of courage, sacrifice and selfless service.

I’ve met so many wonderful folks throughout West Virginia, and I know there are other heroes, like James, who should be recognized for their amazing contributions to our state. I’m asking for your help in identifying them. Maybe you know someone — a family member, friend or co-worker — who embodies service before self, or someone who has gone above and beyond. I encourage you to nominate these West Virginians for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors.

For more information or to nominate someone you know, visit