NASCAR race could be named for local hero

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, May 24, 2012

A local firefighter needs you to log on to Facebook.

Lt. Curtiss Shaver of the Troy Fire Department is one of the five finalists in the “Crown Your Hero” contest. If Shaver were to receive the most votes via Facebook, the NASCAR Brickyard 400 race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway would be renamed the “Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard.”

Shaver, 37, was nominated by one of his fellow firefighters for his commitment and dedication to give back to the community, despite what many would consider a handicap.

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When Shaver was 18, he was involved in a farming accident that resulted in the amputation of his left leg. After much rehabilitation and determination, Shaver was hired by the same fire department that responded to help him when he was 18.

To support Shaver for this once-in-a-lifetime honor, log on to and click the “Crown Your Hero” tab. People may cast one vote each day and voting runs through July 6. The grand prize winner will be announced in early July.

All five finalists will be flown to Indianapolis to attend the race, and the winner will wave the green flag to signal the start of the race. The newly crowned hero will also deliver the race trophy to the winning driver at Victory Lane.

The contest is sponsored by Crown Royal.