Jerry Minor of Wood County has been named Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Hero of Hope in the organization’s second annual Heroes of Hope campaign.
Heroes of Hope, a subset of the #FarmNeighborsCare campaign, is focused on shedding light on rural heroes who have helped others through a tough time. Heroes of Hope aims to identify people who have helped bring hope to farmers or businesses, either in large or small ways. Members of the agriculture community were encouraged to nominate individuals who have made an impact on the way they conduct business, both ordinarily and extraordinarily.
Minor is the Pittsville Fire Department chief. Minor has played a significant role in creating a partnership with the National Farm Medicine Center in his area. He is committed to equipping rural Wisconsin firefighters with proper training and equipment to properly respond to rural emergencies. Minor has also partnered with area farmers to host hands-on training demonstrations and is a strong advocate for youth fire safety education.
As stated in his nomination, “Jerry is the person that calms your fears, dries your tears and makes your worst days a little better. For those of us who work in rural communities, he is a Hero of Hope answering the call to serve others in ways we can never thank him enough.”
Also being recognized as finalists this year are Sara Byl of Polk County, Gretchen Kamps of Lafayette County, Randy Roecker of Sauk County and Brenda Statz of Sauk County.
As this year’s Hero of Hope, Minor will receive $500 cash, a Yeti Cooler, $50 to Kwik Trip and a Culver’s meal package valued at $50. The four remaining finalists will each receive $125 cash, $25 to Kwik Trip, $25 to Blain’s Farm & Fleet and a Culver’s meal package valued at $25. All Heroes of Hope finalists will be recognized in an upcoming issue of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Rural Route magazine.
The 2022 Heroes of Hope campaign was sponsored by Rural Mutual Insurance Company, The Power of One Agricultural Education Foundation, Inc, Blain’s Farm & Fleet, the Doyle and Kim Pokorny Family, Culver’s, the Ryan and Cheri Klussendorf family, the Ashleigh and Josh Calaway Family, Lynn Siekmann and Kwik Trip.