Supporting Those That Have Fallen

Our Selection Process

Every year when a new show begins being planned, usually 1 month following the previous, our board seeks out the next heroes to be honored at our show.  While we intend on honoring every hero we can, our goal is also to ensure that heroes from Ohio, Indiana, & Kentucky are equally selected to be honored.  We also seek to alternate each year between Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS & Military heroes each year.

 

Once our board has voted collectively on our honoree’s, we then have our honoree contact liason, Andrea, work to get into contact with said heroes’ families.  We only move forward once we have their blessing to do so.  100% of event proceeds at our Annual Car Show where they are honored will be given to the families of these fallen heroes selected.

2022 Honorees

HM3 Maxton Soviak, Naval Fleet Medical Corpsman

HM3 Maxton Soviak, Naval Fleet Medical Corpsman

Maxton William Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, OH passed away August 26, 2021, while serving his country. He was born January 22, 1999, in Westerville, OH and lived in Berlin Heights until the time of his enlistment. Maxton attended Edison Local Schools, as well as EHOVE Career Center, graduating in 2017. After graduation, Maxton joined the United States Navy, proudly serving as a Navy Corpsman.

Maxton’s football career began at the age of seven, which continued through his senior year of high school. He was instrumental in helping lead the team to the final four playoff games during his junior year and as a captain his senior year. Maxton was part of the Edison wrestling team from Biddy through his senior year when the team won the state championship. Maxton was involved in the Boy Scouts, ultimately earning Life Scout, the second highest rank attainable. Maxton was a member of the Erie County Conservation Club Junior Rifle Team and competed in Air rifle, small bore, and AR15 events at Camp Perry. He also loved extreme sports, such as, rock climbing, skiing, scuba diving, Jiu Jitsu, and CrossFit.

Maxton made friends with people from all over the world. One of his proudest achievements was helping found a Biddy Wrestling/Jiu Jitsu program while stationed in Guam.

Maxton loved his family fiercely. He was loyal, strong, stubborn, and independent. Maxton was his family’s “King of the Wild Things”, he was always ready to “Let the Wild Rumpus Start!” At the end of the day, he wanted to be where he was loved the most, with his Family.

Maxton is survived by his parents, Kip and Rachel (Golas) Soviak; siblings, Kathleen Soviak, Bryan (Sasha) Kinney, Allison (Spenser) Spacek, Marilyn Soviak, Alexandria Soviak, Josepheen Soviak, Griffin Soviak, Andrew Soviak, Joseph Soviak, Emerson Soviak, Charles Soviak, and Finley Soviak; niece, Clover Kinney; nephew, Bowie Kinney; maternal grandparents, David and Judy Golas; paternal grandparents, Paul and Petal Soviak; uncles and aunts, David and Roxy Golas, Daniel Golas, Carolyn and Benjamin Burkam, and Jody and Shelley Soviak; and numerous cousins and friends.

Maxton was preceded in death by his sister, Nayla Banks-Soviak.

 

Corporal Humberto Sanchez, U.S Marine

Corporal Humberto Sanchez, U.S Marine

Cpl. Humberto “Bert” A. Sanchez, 22 of Logansport passed away on August 26, 2021, while serving his country at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

“Bert” was born on December 2, 1998, in Logansport, Indiana, and is the son of Coral Briseño and Humberto Sanchez.

Cpl. Sanchez was a 2017 graduate of Logansport High School where he excelled in academics and athletics. “Bert” was well liked by his soccer teammates, classmates, coaches, and teachers.

After graduating, “Bert” enlisted and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. He was then called to serve as an Embassy Guard in Jordan before being re assigned to the Kabul airport.

Cpl. Sanchez was honored to serve his country as a Marine and the example of his willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice has made him a hero to his family, community, and the United States of America.

Surviving “Bert” is his mother Coral Briseño (Alan Doolittle) of Logansport; his father, Humberto Sanchez; sister, Carol “Abi” (Giovanny) Sanchez of Logansport; brothers, Ariel Loran and Axel Loran, both of Logansport, niece, Dahlia G. Cardenas of Logansport, stepfather, Ariel N. Loran of Logansport; girlfriend, Taylor Duncan, of Hawaii; and a numerous amount of extended family members.

2021 Honorees

Officer Jason Ellis, Bardstown Kentucky Police Department

Officer Jason Ellis, Bardstown Kentucky Police Department

Jason Ellis was born September 22, 1979 in Cincinnati, OH, a police officer for the Bardstown Police Department, a K-9 officer, a 1998 graduate of Glen Este High in Cincinnati, where he was a first team all-city in 1998 and player of the year in the Queen City Conference, played baseball for what is now the University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY and in the minor league Billings Mustangs in Montana. He was active in youth sports in Nelson County as a coach. He is a member of the N.N.D.D.A. K-9 association, local Fraternal Order of Police # 43, Special Response Team, and attended Bloomfield Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles D. Ellis; maternal grandfather, Eugene Heming; maternal grandmother, Grace Marie Heming; and paternal grandmother, Anna Lou Ellis.

He is survived by his wife, Amy Phillips Ellis; two sons, Hunter Ellis and Parker Ellis, all of Bloomfield, KY; mother, Pamela Sue Dearwester of Cincinnati; two sisters, Kelly (Andy) Ellis Eastman, and Lacey (Brandon) Ellis Young, all of Amelia, OH; three nieces; and four nephews.

 

Detective Jorge Del Rio, Dayton Ohio Police Department

Detective Jorge Del Rio, Dayton Ohio Police Department

Jorge Del Rio, age 55 was born on February 25, 1964 in Mexico City, Mexico and passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his mother, Beatriz Hernandez and daughter, Dana Shafeek.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Kathy Del Rio, daughters, Ariel Del Rio Busch (Steven), Erica Hampton (Devin), Veronica Del Rio and Naya Del Rio; granddaughters, Aliyah Shafeek, Luna Hampton and Santana Busch and a host of family, friends, and colleagues.

Officer Del Rio received seven written commendations, two letters of appreciation and one-unit citation during his 30-year career with the Dayton Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) taskforce. 

2020 HONOREE

FAO Daryl E. Gordon, of Cincinnati, Ohio

FAO Daryl E. Gordon, of Cincinnati, Ohio

When Mr. Gordon was a senior in high school, he joined the Woodlawn Fire Department as a volunteer. He remained a volunteer firefighter until he was accepted into the Cincinnati Fire Department in 1985. Upon the start of his career, Mr. Gordon was not content with sitting still. He volunteered to receive training as a bomb technician and attended the Red Stone Arsenal Hazardous Device School in Huntsville, Alabama.

Mr. Gordon served on Special Details that assisted in scanning areas for visits from the following: President Clinton, President Bush and President Barack Obama. Mr. Gordon served in this position for more than 25 years of his career and earned the title of Senior Bomb Technician.

Daryl Gordon was promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator and completed his final run on Heavy Rescue 14 on March 26, 2015.

Daryl E. Gordon is survived by his wife of 25 years, Angela Gordon; his children, Angelique and Chelsea Gordon; his sisters, Arlene Gordon and Dorothy Gordon Johnson (Stanley); parents-in-law Joseph and Ann Shives; brother-in-law Dale Shives; and special nephews, John Gordon Sr., Keli Gordon and Kerry Gordon. He also leaves a host of extended family and friends: Local 48, U.C. Mobile Care and his brothers in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

 

2019 Honoree

Spc. Joseph P. Collette, of Lancaster, Ohio.

Sgt. Joseph P. Collette, 29, was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group out of Fort Carson, Colorado.

Sergeant Collette, died on March 22 during a combat mission in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province from injuries resulting from enemy fire. He was posthumously promoted from specialist to sergeant and awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

He is survived by his wife, Caela; two children Blair and Cody; and two step-children, Lena and Aria Scott. 

"Who kept the Faith and fought the fight, the glory theirs, the duty ours."

- Wallace Bruce

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