Hometown Hero: Jason Heller

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BARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) - Family and friends say they will never forget the bright smile of Thomas Scott. On March 4, 2004, Scott was on his way to school when he lost his life in a car crash. It came at a time when he and his fellow classmates at Barren County High were preparing for the most memorable night of the year.

"The year that he passed, my step sister at the time was supposed to go to prom with him and when he passed she ended up going to prom by herself but in her bouquet had his senior picture," says friend Michael Smith.

Nearly 10 years later, the memory of Thomas Scott lives on. The Loud and Proud Car Club started an annual car show to celebrate their friends greatest passion.

"We was actually wanting to take the money from the show and finish the car that he was working on at the time then I found out his mom had setup a scholarship in his memory and I thought we would just give it to that then," says Jason Heller.

Anna Smith still wears a patriotic necklace each day to remember her son, who enlisted in the military weeks before his accident. The proceeds from his memorial help members of the Barren County Junior Guard.

"It makes me feel very proud that someone thought enough of my son to start something in his memory. To continue his memory to help other people," says Smith.

For carrying on the memory of a young life lost too soon, we honor Jason Heller and the Loud and Proud Car Club as this week's Hometown Hero.

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