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Here are Your Hometown Heroine Nominees!

Your nominations poured in and now it’s time to review your Hometown Heroine nominees before we put them to a vote on July 12th!

Read about your Hometown Heroine nominees and see their pictures in the gallery below:

Becky Sutliff – Police

Becky is a 20 year veteran of The Binghamton Police Dep’t. She was the Departments first Female Sergeant, and is now #1 on the Lieutenants list there. She currently works in the Patrol Division, which is the departments “front line of defense”. Becky is a hard working, and dedicated officer to both the BPD, and the community she serves. She is the Treasurer of the police Benevolent Assoc.,and a member of both the Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and the Emotionally Disturbed Persons Response Team. She has provided invaluable assistance to officers and citizens in incidents such as The shooting at the American Civic Association, and as recently as two weeks ago, she apprehended a Robber wielding a knife inside the Citizens Bank, in Downtown Binghamton. All though these incidents are extraordinary, Becky’s real heroics are in the 100′s of decisions she must make day in and day out, week after week, protecting her Officers, and the Citizens of our good Community!

Alycia Harris – Military 

Alycia, my wife, is truly dedicated to the community and family. She is co-founder of the West Side Neighborhood Project (WSNP)which was created several years ago to help make the west side of Binghamton a better place to live and to help Binghamton University Students with housing issues in that area. This spread into the Johnson City Neighborhood Project (JCNP) where she plays a vital role in revitalizing Johnson City. Both WSNP and JCNP work is voluntary. In addition she is on the Urban League board of trustees, also voluntary, contributing to the Urban League’s success. Our household has been involved with the SEED program at BCC from 1994-2006 and 2011 to present hosting 2-3 students from Central America annually. The students live with us from August to June while attending BCC. She also works full time as a Union Representative for the Public Employee’s Federation, is a loving wife and mother of three. On top of that she is a military wife, her husband is in the New York Air National Guard. Over the last 25 years he has gone on numerous 2 week annual training deployments, a 4 month deployment to Iraq and a 6 month deployment to Afghanistan. During this time she has to be both mother and father making sure everything on the home front runs smoothly, work her full time job and keep her voluntary work going. I am honored to have her as my wife and the community is lucky to have such a unselfish person working for the betterment of the community.

Tia Tennant – Firefighter/EMT

Lt. Tia Tennant is a mother of 2 boys under the age of 5 years old, a full time employee for Broome County’s Department of Social Services and a Volunteer Fire Fighter / EMT for the Chenango Bridge FD.

Renee Conklin – EMT

Renee demonstrates all of the characteristics of a hometown heroine and MORE! She is a passionate EMT, mother, and often volunteers her time within her town. How she balances all of these things I am not completely sure, but she is fantastic! I believe her inspiration to become an EMT first began as a young women when she lost her beloved sister Lisa to an accident. As a mother of two, Renee does an exemplary job at balancing a lifestyle filled with healthy choices and her loved ones while still working extremely hard to reach her goals in her career. As a life saver, Renee understands the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. She is famously known on Facebook for her VERY early workouts (and by early I mean before 3 a.m.!!!) each morning before she leaves for her long shifts with the squad. Renee consistently contributes her positive energy and attitude into every task she accomplishes. She displays great perseverance even during her most difficult days at work. Her teamwork with her crew members and her community is commendable. Renee is also known for her great jokes to cheer people up. She has always been an honorable role model by demonstrating ways in which hard work and commitment can pay off in the end. Renee first began on the volunteer squad in her town, and continues to volunteer her time by planning sporting events for the local kids to compete in, including little league baseball and basketball clinics. Renee also helps with fundraising and charities. One of my favorite personal memories with Renee was staying over at her house while my sister was having her surgery and I learned to make pancakes for the first time. I also remember traveling with the Conklin family to Canada, it was a blast! Every person Renee helps while working receives compassion and 110% of her effort. When I heard the ad on the radio for hometown heroine of the year, I knew Renee matched all of the characteristics listed. Renee truly deserves to be appointed hometown heroine of the year! Everyone that knows Renee can tell you that she is one “Kick Butt Women!!!” Thanks for all that you do Renee!

Nikki Hoppes – Paramedic

Nikki is probably the most selfless person I know. She is a dedicated Paramedic, Aunt, Sister, Daughter, Mother to her furry kids, and Friend to so many. There isn’t a day that goes by that she isn’t in some way helping someone out whether it be with her paid Paramedic work, her volunteer fire company work, or her dedication to the ones she loves.

Nikki does not have any “children” of her own but considers all of the children in her lives “hers.” She is an amazing Aunt to so many that I can’t even count. She is an amazing friend to anyone who needs one.

Nikki very rarely takes time for herself and she very much deserves it. It seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day for all she does for her community and family.

She has “adopted” my children & all of the other children in my family as her nieces and nephews. She has supported many of us in some of our worst times.

I can’t even begin to imagine how many hours a week she puts in at her paid job. She is always picking up an extra shift – helping out a co worker.

In addition to her “kids” and work she is the mother to her furry children as well. She is also involved in animal rescue and finding foster and furever homes for animals in need.

I don’t think there is anything that she wouldn’t do to help someone out and never asks anything in return.

She is a most compassionate, caring, kind, loving, and giving soul. She deserves recognition for all she does. She deserves to be awarded Binghamton’s Hometown Heroine and then some.

Lyndsy White – Firefighter

She is a (wonderful) mother, she is a (loving) wife, she is a (heroic) firefighter… She’s simply (amazingly) WONDERFUL.

Kim Smith – Police Officer

I would like to see Deputy Kim Smith of the Delaware county sheriff Department be the hometown hero. Kim has been a Deputy in Delaware county for some time and is always there in a time of need.Kim also was a corrections officer. Kim has spent countless hours protecting the Delaware county residents and bringing perpetrator’s to justice for there actions.Kim and family also have an operating Dairy farm in Delaware county 1 of the few left. Kim has been with the Sheriff office since 1997.Kim is a well deserving candidate for this Hometown hero.

Kathy Eckert – Youth Advocacy

Kathy Eckert is the Director of Children and Family Services at the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier. Her passion as an advocate for the children of our community reaches beyond the scope of her job. Kathy supervises a staff of 4 parent partner advocates and under her direction they reach out to families whose children have special emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs. Kathy is also the co-director of the Bell of Hope 5K Run/Walk which promotes mental wellness in our community. She is an instrumental member of a local Relay for Life team that raises over $20K per year to support the American Cancer Society. Kathy is a busy mother of three children and yet extends herself to help others less fortunate in her professional and personal projects. From her co-workers you will hear of her open-door policy, her innovative ideas, her ability to seek out and help the “forgotten” children who slip through the cracks, and her compassion that drives others to go above and beyond the scope of the job.

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