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LSU Athletics, Waitr Announce Six 'Hometown Heroes'

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LSU Athletics, Waitr Announce Six 'Hometown Heroes'

BATON ROUGE — LSU Athletics is pleased to announce the inaugural honorees for the Hometown Heroes Program delivered by Waitr. 

This program was designed to recognize those individuals who are serving on the front lines and their commitment to keeping our communities safe. The winners received a $100 gift card courtesy of Waitr or a $100 gift card to

“We believe it’s important to support our local communities – especially right now – and we’re pleased to be a part of this inaugural Heroes Program,” says Michael Black, Customer Acquisition Director for Waitr. “We hope this inspires more to focus on helping others.”

Out of more than 100 submissions, the selection committee chose six individuals. Below are their stories.

Do you know someone that should be recognized as a Hometown Hero? If so, nominations can be submitted by visiting

D’Mirah Mitchell 
A Junior at LSU studying chemistry from Suitland, Maryland. Mitchell is currently serving in the National Guard to aid and support during the COVID 19 pandemic while finishing her spring and summer semesters.

Matthew Duhon
An Administrator of the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings, Louisiana for 12 years. Duhon is a military veteran and takes the utmost pride in providing quality health care for the men and women who selflessly served our country. 

Taylor Mangus
She was diagnosed in 2011 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After undergoing 2 1/2 years of treatments at St. Jude and OLOL, Mangus received her high school diploma and went on to earn her BSN in 2019. She became a Registered Nurse in January 2020 and began working at OLOL. Mangus has served on the front lines fighting COVID-19 and is grateful to help the community that gave her a second chance at life. 

Alfred Rock
A Patient Transporter for Our Lady of the Lake Hospital and Baton Rouge General with 10 years of experience in healthcare. Rock moves patients and makes sure that they receive the best care. He has led his team of Transporters and has given directions to make sure all patients are moved safely and carefully. 

Heather Modicut
A School Administrator at St. Peter’s Elementary School in Covington, LA. Modicut had to continue working on location and sometimes remotely to ensure that the school year ended as normal as it possibly could. The biggest task she had to organize was a caravan graduation for all graduating 7th graders before they moved on to 8th grade. 

Dr. Gerard Falgoust
An Internal Medicine Physician for Our Lady of the Lake Hospital Group in Plaquemine. Dr. Falgoust makes rounds to check on the elderly in multiple nursing homes. He was exposed to the virus in late March and was forced into quarantine by the Louisiana Department of Health. Despite this, he continued to see patients through telehealth. Dr. Falgoust has since been cleared and continues to see patients to keep them safe and well.