Downtown Fort Wayne’s Unsung Heroes Receive Recognition

Nine outstanding individuals were recently celebrated and recognized for their hard work and dedication throughout the community as part of a new Downtown Fort Wayne initiative, the Downtown Unsung Hero Awards.

An Unsung Hero is “One who does great deeds but receives little recognition for them.” Downtown Fort Wayne is privileged to work alongside the following unique individuals in partnership with these organizations:


  • Mark Sharin, Fort Wayne City Clerk’s Office, Parking Enforcement Division
  • James Oas, Lincoln Financial Group
  • Troy McBride, Sturges Property Group
  • Kelly Hatfield, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
  • Brad Fisher, City of Fort Wayne, Traffic Engineering Division
  • Randy Castle, ABM Parking Services
  • Bernie Beier, Allen County Homeland Security
  • Jason Crowder, Fort Wayne Police Department
  • Chris Cleaver, Arts United

“As we honor some of these hard-working men and women who are making a difference in our shared community, we take this opportunity to remember that everyone who sacrifices their time, talent and treasure to make Downtown Fort Wayne a better place is a hero who deserves our thanks,” said Downtown Fort Wayne Director of Operations Frank Howard.


The Downtown Unsung Hero Awards were a part of Celebrate Downtown, an annual gathering recognizing the people, places and partnerships that make Downtown Fort Wayne a great place to live, work and play. Celebrate Downtown 2023 was presented by Downtown Fort Wayne and sponsored in partnership with Barrett McNagny, Premier Bank and TriCore. The Downtown Unsung Hero Awards will return to Celebrate Downtown in 2024.


For Immediate Release: Friday, March 3, 2023

Contact: Preston Wallace, Director of Marketing, 260-203-1291