All of us at 101.5 KNUE are proud to be part of East Texas, and we are especially proud to live in a place where we hold our military and first responders in such high regard.

KNUE + Patterson UTI are proud to announce this week’s “Hometown Hero,” Staff Sergeant Blake Northcutt of the U.S. Army.

Mr. Northcutt, of Hallsville, was nominated by his sister-in-law, April Morton. Here's what she had to say about Blake:

SSG Northcutt is currently stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Blake has proudly served in the Army going on 10 years. He deployed to Iraq in 2007 and is currently deployed to Afghanistan. He is married to my amazing sister Ashley of 8 years and they have two children -- Carson, 5, and Gunnar, 2 Blake wants to continue fighting for his brother who was KIA in Iraq, RIP SGT John Mele.

To show our appreciation for Blake's dedication and service to his country and community, he will receive a plaque courtesy of Congratulations Awards in Jacksonvillle, They specialize in awards, engraving, trophies, plaques, gifts and more. He also will also receive a gift pack from Edible Arrangements.