Gus from Florida was our first two-wheel salute winner! Here is what his nominator had to say about him:
My friend and avid motorcyclist, Gus, would be an excellent choice for your Hometown Heroes contest. Gus was born in Columbia but came to America as a child and has served his adopted country in more ways than one. Gus is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp and he received a Purple Heart for being shot in combat in Iraq.
Following his military career, Gus continues to serve his country as a law enforcement officer. He does this job with equal dedication too. Gus is always looking out for the safety of his fellow officers and mentoring new cadets through his work at the police academy. As a K9 handler, he has one of the most dangerous jobs in law enforcement.
Finally, Gus is an avid motorcyclist. His current motorcycle travel plans include a trip in May from Florida to Washington D.C. for National Police Week.
As an additional note, the nominator has decided to donate his $1000 cash prize to the Disabled American Veterans and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. He was hoping that Gus will let him ride the bike once or twice!