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Newsmakers: John and Sheri Lee

Air Force Senior Master Sgt. John J. Lee, 44, and Sheri Lee, 41, of Findlay started the Heroes Supporting Heroes program in 2012 to help military families maintain their homes while loved ones were deployed. The volunteer program has since expanded and merged with West Allegheny Workcamp and has raised more than $100,000 and carried out more than 120 projects in the last two years.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

Noteworthy: John and Sheri Lee founded Heroes Supporting Heroes in 2012. The volunteer program started by helping other military families in the 911th Airlift Wing with household maintenance and has expanded to help disabled veterans, wounded warriors and the elderly.

Ages: John, 44; Sheri, 41

Residence: Findlay

Family: The Lees have two children, Caleb, 11, and Lily, 9

Occupation: John is a program analyst for the Office of Personnel Management, a Marine Corps veteran and a senior master sergeant in the Air Force Reserve. He's the engineering superintendent of the 911th's Civil Engineering Squadron. Sheri Lee has 20 years of business experience and is a stay-at-home mom.

Background: The Lees founded the program after John returned from his sixth deployment and they discussed how difficult it was for Sheri to maintain their house while he was away. The program started with the Lees and their two children cutting grass, cleaning gutters and trimming trees for other 911th families. As the number of volunteers grew, it expanded into the community and combined resources with another volunteer group, West Allegheny Workshop. They've completed more than 170 projects in the first two years.

Quote: “I had no idea it was going to turn into this,” John said. “I really didn't.”

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