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,” Sgt. Richard Starks of the United States Marine Corps.

Mr. Starks, of New Diana, was nominated by his wife, Ashley Starks. Here's what she had to say about her husband:

Richard Starks is a Sergeant in the Marine Corps and is currently deployed overseas. He left behind a wife who is expecting their first child which he will miss the birth of. Sgt Starks bravely made the decision to go overseas and follow his dreams to serve his country. Whenever he returns his plans are to finish school and become an officer to continue serving his country for many more years to come.

To show our appreciation for Richard'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.