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Hometown Hero: Will Montgomery dedicates efforts to aiding soldiers, citizens

From left, Will Montgomery, Tracy Santistevan, and Ryan Fritz celebrate the successful completion of the second annual PTSD Awareness Hike.
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For this week’s Hometown Hero, the Craig Press is pleased to honor William Montgomery.

Montgomery is a combat veteran with the United States Army who served for nearly two decades before retirement. 

Since then, he has worked as a certified personal trainer and certified nutrition specialist with his own business, Red Wrench Fitness, focusing on helping others obtain their wellness goals as well as providing online and in-person coaching services.

He also trains and coaches youth who are entering into the military to prepare them for basic training and service to their country, part of his dedication to helping fellow soldiers past, present and future.

Montgomery and friend Tracy Santistevan set off on a walk from Craig to Hayden to raise funds and awareness for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2017. The following year the pair was Ryan Fritz in a hike over Rabbit Ears Pass and back in awareness. donating all proceeds to efforts through Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“At the end of the day, we did a service for other people; it’s not about just taking; it’s about giving back,” Montgomery said of the effort in 2018.

Merriam-Webster defines a “hero” as a person admired for achievements and noble qualities. Who’s your hometown hero? A local first responder? Your neighbor? A co-worker? A friend? Help the Craig Press honor the unselfish service of our Hometown Heroes each Wednesday by submitting the name of your hero and a short statement explaining why he or she should be honored. Send your story to hometownheroes@craigdailypress.com.