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. Justin Hanson of the United States Army.

Mr. Hanson, of Big Sandy, was nominated by his wife, Kelsey. Here's what she had to say about her husband:

Justin has been serving for 8 years now. He's a Sgt. and currently on his 4th deployment, this time to Afghanistan. We just got married in April, and he's stepped up as an incredible role model to my 3 year old son. He has a heart bigger than Texas! He's such a strong person, being my rock even while he's overseas. All that he does, and none of it for recognition. I'd like him recognized to show him how proud of him this community is. He's a great leader to his soldiers, and an inspiration to our family. I sleep better knowing my husband is protecting us!

To show our appreciation for Justin'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.