CHAMPAIGN -- Firefighters go through countless hours of training to be ready when the calls come.
MONTICELLO -- An area man receives honors for his work as a veteran, but also as a large part of the community.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- This veteran's story just got a little better with a shiny, new medal added to his chest.
CHAMPAIGN -- This Hometown Hero wound up serving in the military and becoming a firefighter afterwards.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- She's served overseas, now this UI student is on a personal mission to put those skills to good use.
COLES COUNTY -- He puts his life on the line for his community every day. He says the military is what jump started decades of service.
PETERSBURG -- Two men in Our Town make sure those who've served feel right at home.
DANVILLE -- Even though he didn't graduate high school, you could never call this student a dropout.
COVINGTON, IN -- Lance Corporal Joshua Witsman is laid to rest.
DANVILLE - A local woman honored Witsman in her own way.
COVINGTON, IN -- A town honors its hero by closing its doors.
COVINGTON -- Wednesday evening hundreds of volunteers from Indiana and Illinois put up flags to honor a fallen Marine coming home tomorrow. Lance Corporal Joshua Witsman,23, died last Wednesday serving in Afghanistan.