AMW Searching For All-Star Nominees
America's Most Wanted is kicking off its third-annual All-Star contest, together with Sprint Nextel. Each year, it's a chance to honor the everyday heroes in our communities and to reward them with some much-deserved gratitude (and some pretty great prizes, too).
These ordinary Americans are heroes who do something extraordinary for a living. They're police officers, firefighters, and EMTs -- people who work on the front lines of tragedy and danger. An All-Star is hardworking and incredibly brave, constantly putting themselves at risk for the well-being of others. But they may not get a lot of acclaim on the job: this is their opportunity to be recognized.
But first, nominate a first responder who you think deserves national recognition for going above and beyond the call of duty by clicking here.
We will start by awarding weekly prizes to our finalists, and then you'll help us narrow those down to one final winner. That individual, a man or woman who has displayed exceptional dedication and courage, will take home the grand prize.
Voting for the grand prize winner will take place in May, when the All Star will be awarded $10,000.
How It Works
Voting for the All Star contest will begin at 12:01 a.m. on February 19, 2007, and voting will proceed in weekly sections. Voting will close at the end of each week, and the person with the highest number of votes during that time period will be named the finalist for that week. Voting will continue in this way for eight weeks, with a new finalist being selected every week. Each finalist will receive a duffle bag full of AMW merchandise.
The eight weekly finalists will then become eligible for the grand prize, and have a chance to become the 2007 AMW All-Star. Voting for the Grand Prize winner will take place in May, when the All-Star will be awarded $10,000 and an All-Star weekend at the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series All Star Challenge. See the official rules for details.
History Of Sacrifice For All-Stars
For the past two years, the winners of the AMW All-Star Challenge have been truly exceptional people. Last year, Florida's St. John's County Sheriff David Shoar won the All-Star contest by a landslide.
In addition to working in law enforcement for over 25 years, David is also retired from the Florida Army National Guard. When he was nominated as one of the weekly finalists, David announced that if he won, he planned to donate all of the prize money to one of his deputies who had come upon hard times. A few weeks later when David was presented with a check for $10,000, he handed the money over to Deputy Steve Bailey, who had been paralyzed by a stroke and then lost everything in a house fire.
David's act of selflessness was no surprise after the behavior of the 2005 winner, Det. Deanna Tofte of the Wichita Falls (Texas) Police Department. Deanna has spent years working in the Crimes Against Children Unit, doing everything she can to protect children from abuse and take criminals off the streets.
Just like David, Deanna won the All-Star balloting by a landslide; the dedication she showed to her job had touched a great many people. After Deanna was awarded a check for $10,000, she donated a large portion of her prize to Patsy's House, a child advocacy center she often works with.