Nominations Open For 2015 New Mexico True Heroes

Gov. Susana Martinez
SANTA FE  After a highly successful inaugural program in 2014, the State of New Mexico, along with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, is searching for the next round of New Mexico True HeroesNew Mexicans who make their communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

“So many New Mexicans give selflessly to improve the quality of life in our communities,” Martinez said. “We want to recognize those who lend their time and talents to make our state safer, cleaner, and more enjoyable for everyone. This program allows us to recognize the efforts of New Mexico’s greatest treasure: our people.”

The New Mexico True Heroes Program launched Tuesday at

The nomination form asks two key questions:
  • What makes this person a New Mexico True Hero?; and 
  • How have the nominee’s efforts made a difference in his or her community?
“The New Mexico True Heroes program gives us a chance to tell a deeper story about New Mexico; that we’re more than breathtaking landscapes and unparalleled adventure. New Mexico has heart,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said. “And it’s the contact that visitors have with New Mexico’s people that keep them coming back to experience more of our great state.”
The 2014 New Mexico True Heroes included:
  • John Masterson (Roswell) for his bravery in ceasing a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School; 
  • Jan DeMaggio (Albuquerque) for her creation of dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses;
  • Chuck Howe (Angel Fire) for his work in aiding veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; and
  • Jim Stogsdill (Albuquerque) for the advocacy and protection he and his group provide for children in abusive or intimidating situations.
Nominations remain open through Friday, Oct.9.
A panel of judges from around the state will determine the top 10 finalists, and four New Mexico True Heroes will be named this fall. The honorees will take part in a series of community events in their hometowns and get special recognition Saturday, Dec. 19 during the festivities surrounding the 2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

“We are proud that this is turning into a great, annual event and we’re excited to be a part of the New Mexico True Heroes program,” Jeff Siembieda, Gildan New Mexico Bowl executive director said. “We look forward to recognizing and honoring some our state’s most amazing people annually at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, New Mexico’s premier annual sporting event.”

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