Celebrating local heroes
The Heroes of Habitat series of houses was launched in 2019 to dedicate one of each build season's homes each year to a local hero. Honorees emobody the qualities of selflessness, courage, humility, and service to others. They have made a lasting impact on McLean County and/or Habitat for Humanity.
Our Hero of Habitat for 2020 is Sgt. Anthony R. Maddox. He joined the Army right after high school. Maddox's friends described him as “wise beyond his years and ... a rare and special person.” He was a loving son and brother, and active in local youth organizations.
While serving in Andar Ghanzi Province, Afghanistan as Petroleum Supply Specialist and a Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Operator for Foxtrot Forward Support Company, 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1/87 Infantry Battalion out of Fort Drum, NY, he became a role model and respected leader. It is also where he sustained a fatal injury from which he passed away on July 22, 2013, thus making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Sgt. Anthony R. Maddox served with honor and distinction. Among the numerous awards and decorations he received are: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
In our inaugural year, we honored Sgt Joshua P Rodgers, team leader with C Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment out of Fort Benning, GA. On April 27, 2017 he and fellow Ranger Cameron Thomas died in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
"Josh and Cameron proved themselves willing to go into danger and impose a brutal cost on enemies in their path," said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. "They carried out their operation against ISIS-K in Afghanistan before making the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation and our freedoms," he continues. "Our nation owes them an irredeemable debt."
Donate to the Heroes of Habitat HouseEach fall Habitat McLean County will call for nominations to honor the next year's Hero. Nominations for 2021 will open in fall 2020.