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Hero of the Week: Ethan LaBerge


Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.


This week, we shine the spotlight on U.S. Army Sergeant Ethan LaBerge.

Ethan, along with his family, was recently a guest at the Grand Ole Opry’s tribute to veterans. They surprised him by presenting him with a mortgage-free home!

Ethan enlisted in the army at the age of 18.  He served two tours in Afghanistan during his five years of service.

In May of 2012, Ethan was doing a combat mission in Afghanistan when his life was changed forever. His platoon was leaving a meeting when a civilian detonated a suicide vest just ten feet from his group. The bomb killed two and left Ethan in critical condition. He suffered broken bones, a concussion and had to undergo 11 surgeries. He’s had to endure struggles with memory loss, among other challenges.

For his service, Ethan received the Purple Heart and now this mortgage-free home. Ethan’s wife Arin is also an Army veteran and the couple have two children.

Learn more about this story as covered by Nashville’s Tennessean.

Kix’s Response:

Ethan, I can’t imagine the road to recovery that you’ve been on but I’m glad your home, state side, safe with your family. For your bravery and service, I too, like the Opry did last weekend, would like to recognize you. Ethan, you are an ACC Hero.




Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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