A Look Back at Some of Our Area's Most Inspiring "Hometown Heroes" of 2013

By Melanie Chapman | mchapman@kolr10.com

Published 01/02 2014 03:22PM

Updated 01/03 2014 03:01AM

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- In this week's hometown hero segment, KOLR10 featured some of the special people who made a difference in other people's lives and in the community in 2013.

They're our friends, neighbors and even strangers.  They put others before themselves in hopes of making someone else's life a little bit brighter.

In 2013, Springfield was introduced to Batman.  "Mr.Wayne" is a police officer, but he also dons the cape and mask as Batman in his crusade against bullying.

"Often times, the psychological impact can be much stronger than any physical force a person could use," he told us.  "Words could hurt far more than any physical punch or kick."

Then, there's Connie Herndon of Dixon.  She rescued 38 dogs found at Edward Donahue's home after his wife passed away.  But she also rescued him.

Connie got Edward into a new home, found medical support, and gave him friendship.

"Let's just say it's very simple," says Donahue.  "She got me out and put me back together."

Then there's Devery Mills.  She once lived on the streets, and now her mission is to help others.  She started "Hearts for the Homeless" in Springfield.

"I provide food and all of this for them," says says.  "Particularly in the winter to keep them alive. That's basically my goal."

Devery has already changed lives.

"She does everything out of her own pocket and using donations, which isn't much," said a local resident of Devery.  "She definitely tries to help people. The city definitely needs more people like her."

T.J. Slocum works at the Marshfield McDonalds.  He also works to sell paper hearts to support the Ronald McDonald Houses in Springfield.  He stayed there after his heart went through nine surgeries.

These are just a handful of the incredible people in our community that KOLR10 was honored to feature in 2013.  The new year is a promising one for ever more Hometown Heroes.

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