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Real Hero: Marty Koleber

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Many times you'll hear stories of house fires where people lose everything they have. But long after the fire trucks have left and emergency crews have gone home, emergency service chaplain Marty Koleber is there to give victims a shoulder to cry on and offer comfort to families when they need it most.

Marty's friends describe him as an act of kindness to the Tri-Cities. No matter what the disaster or what time of day Marty Koleber is willing to help. As a retired firefighter with a prosthetic right leg, one might assume he'd try to take it easy, but not Marty. He volunteers 60 to 70 hours every week responding to emergencies. Not for a paycheck, or recognition. His friends say he does it because he's just a giving person.

When firefighters are busy putting out the flames and detectives are conducting their investigations. Marty is with the families offering a smile and someone to talk to. In Marty’s own words, he just wants to give back to a community that's been good to him his whole life.