Philadelphia Eagles Hometown Hero

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Dietz & Watson and the Philadelphia Eagles are joining forces to honor our Military Heroes at every Eagles home game.

If you have a friend or family member currently serving, fill out the form below for their chance to be a Hometown Hero for the 2020 Season. These nominations will be used to select a hero for each week of the 2020 season to attend an Eagles home game, enjoy pre-game sideline passes and be featured during the Eagles game. Submit your Hometown Hero today!

2020 Hometown Heroes

Petty Officer First Class United States Coast Guard Michael Walker

Petty Officer First Class United States Coast Guard Michael Walker

September 20

Petty Officer First Class Michael Walker was raised in Croydon, PA, just outside of Philadelphia. He began his Coast Guard career in 2005 as a crewmember onboard the icebreakers CGC Polar Star and CGC Polar Sea. In 2008, Walker attended Marine Science Technician "A" school and reported to Sector Houston / Galveston, TX, where he began a decade-long career in environmental and emergency response. During that time, he responded to six major hurricane disasters, including Super Storm Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Currently, Petty Officer Walker serves as a Waterfront Facility and Container Inspector at Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, PA. His primary duties include regulating over 70 bulk liquid Waterfront facilities, conducting Container Inspections, and Explosive Handling Permit reviews. When the need arose earlier this year, Petty Officer Walker took on the role of Sector Delaware Bay Covid-19 Liaison Officer, where he coordinated with state and federal agencies, industry port stakeholders, and local public health organizations to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the maritime community and international commerce. Petty Officer Walker's efforts afforded the Port of Philadelphia's timely implementation of health and safety protocols and enabled the port's critical infrastructure to continue running during the global pandemic.

In an effort to support the development of others, Petty Officer Walker has provided Hazardous Workers Operations and Federal Pollution Response training for approximately 500 Coast Guard personnel. Beyond his military duties, Petty Officer Walker is active in community outreach programs where he serves as a leader and mentor for today's youth. Raised as an Eagles fan, he fondly remembers watching games with his father at Veterans Stadium, cheering on his all-time favorite player, Reggie White. Petty Officer Walker's 15 years of service is a testament to his dedication to his family, the Coast Guard, and to the United States.