Watch live: Everyday Heroes Class of 2021 honored on NBC4, overall hero to be named

Micah Walker
The Columbus Dispatch

The 2021 class of Everyday Heroes will be honored during a television broadcast Wednesday — with one of them chosen as this year's top honoree. 

The program will air on NBC4 (WCMH-TV) at 12:30 p.m.

Started in 2017, the Everyday Heroes program honors those who make a difference in Greater Columbus by healing, uniting and improving their communities. 

The process of choosing the 2021 group of 25 Everyday Heroes started months ago when the Dispatch asked for nominations. The five finalists and 20 semifinalists were then featured in a special publication last month by the Dispatch, Dispatch Magazines and ThisWeek Community News.

The top honoree in the 2021 class of Everyday Heroes will be announced Wednesday on NBC4 (WCMH-TV) at 12:30 p.m.

The sponsors are AEP, Atlas Butler, the Columbus Foundation, CME Federal Credit Union, COSI, NBC4 and the United Way of Central Ohio.

"These quiet, unselfish acts are sorely needed during this time of a global pandemic, social unrest and political division. The compassion and kindness of our Everyday Heroes are inspiring - and give some measure of hope," said Ray Paprocki, publisher and general manager of Dispatch Magazines who oversees the Everyday Heroes program.

Meet the Columbus Dispatch Everyday Heroes: Recognizing 25 Central Ohio difference-makers

This year's finalists include: 

Dave Baker

The activist shares his story of living with AIDS to spread awareness to marginalized communities. 

Dave Baker: AIDS activist inspires others with brutal honesty and personal story

Debra McCauley

The semifinalist has been preparing meals in her tiny North Side apartment for the past year and delivering them to some of the poorer pockets of the city.

Everyday Hero finalist Debra McCauley

Debra McCauley:Compassion and empathy inspire Debra McCauley to help homeless

Olivia Nathan

The pharmacist works to vaccinate communities of color and educate Black women on HIV prevention.

Olivia Nathan received a Jefferson Award in 2005 for her work with the hearing impaired.

Olivia Nathan:Pharmacist Olivia Nathan brings passion to improving health in marginalized communities

Mark Sigrist

The semifinalist hass used his energy and organizational skills to start a 5K for charity and worked to include and boost those with special needs.

Mark Sigrist:Everyday Hero: Mark Sigrist started a 5K for charity for those with special needs

Ram Upreti

The semifinalist works for Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services and has dedicated himself to helping refugees from his homeland get through the pandemic.

Ram Upreti:Refugee looks out for Bhutanese-Nepali community, others during pandemic

Everyday Hero finalist Ram Upreti, center

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