New Albany councilman Glyde Marsh and former Plain Township trustee Don Shoemaker have been selected as New Albany's "Hometown Heroes."

New Albany councilman Glyde Marsh and former Plain Township trustee Don Shoemaker have been selected as New Albany's "Hometown Heroes."

The two were honored Thursday, March 25, at the Plain Township Fire Department as part of the annual BIG Hits B104.3 Hometown Heroes Tour.

The radio station broadcasted live from the fire department from 6 to 10 a.m. and surprised Marsh and Shoemaker with the awards presented by township and village officials, as well as representatives from Fifth Third Bank and the Franklin County Veterans Service Commission.

New Albany village administrator Joe Stefanov said Marsh was the logical choice for the honor.

"He is a World War II vet and he sat on the school board and village council," Stefanov said. "He is the oldest elected official in Franklin County."

Marsh, 91, was first elected to council in 1993 and served on the New Albany-Plain Local school board for 10 years in the 1950s and 60s.

He serves on the village's safety and finance committees and acts as council's liaison to the Plain Township trustees.

"I was completely surprised," Marsh said about the March 25 honor. "I didn't feel like I am any different than anyone else."

Township fire Chief John Hoovler said it was a "no-brainer" to choose Shoemaker, who served as a trustee for 16 years.

"Don is not a politician; he does what he thinks is best, not what is always popular," Hoovler said.

Shoemaker, 66, also said he was surprised by the honor.

"I guess I did my job," he said.

Big Hits will continue its Hometown Heroes Tour next month in Whitehall.

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