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story.lead_photo.caption Volunteers helped remove remaining debris June 11, 2019, from behind Community Christian Church on Ellis Boulevard. This was the second day various organizations assisted the church with clearing trees and removing forestry from its outdoor sanctuary, which was damaged in the May 22 tornado. Photo by Sally Ince / News Tribune.

A couple of weeks ago, we invited readers to nominate those who became heroes of the May 22 storm that hit parts of Jefferson City and Eldon.

These heroes of the storm were those who put community above self, who gave generously of what they had, and who went above and beyond what was expected by helping the community pick up the pieces after the tornado struck and begin the long road to recovery.

We've received many nominations. Some of the heroes' names will be recognizable; others may only be known by those who were directly affected by their blessing.

Some of the assistance included those who worked long, dangerous hours to remove downed trees so rebuilding could begin. Some of the help was in the form of recruiting and orchestrating relief efforts. Some provided the shoulder to lean on and the ear to listen. Others banded together as groups to raise money or marshal forces.

The response was mighty. But we know there are more stories to be told, and that's where you can help.

If you know of such a person who blessed you or the community, tell us their story and nominate them for recognition.

We seek to recognize those volunteers at the Redemption Inside the Walls Concert on Aug. 17 and share their stories in subsequent editions of the News Tribune.

To nominate a hero of the storm, send a nomination letter of 200 words or fewer detailing what the person did during the storm or in the days after it, the person's name and contact information, as well as your own name and contact information should we need further information about the nominee.

Nominations may be sent via email to [email protected] All nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 1.

A committee will narrow those nominees to a list of finalists who will be recognized at the concert.

Help us find these heroes of the storm so we can tell their stories and celebrate the strength and resilience of this community we all call home.

Gary Castor is managing editor of the Jefferson City News Tribune.

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