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Marlins' People's Hero announced

Marlins' People's Hero announced

Marlins' People's Hero announced

MIAMI -- U.S. Army SFC John Kloiber of Crestview, Fla., will represent the Marlins as one of 30 winners of Major League Baseball and People's "Tribute for Heroes" campaign.

Kloiber and winners from the 29 other clubs will be honored prior to the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Citi Field and also be included during the All-Star Week festivities.


Kloiber, a Bronze Star recipient, has spent nearly two decades serving in the U.S. Army. He has been deployed to Afghanistan nine times since 2001 and served several years as a member of the 7th Special Forces.

He has also served abroad in Russia, Egypt and Korea among other places.

Kloiber is married with two children. He volunteers with the Special Olympics, helps out with his sons' baseball teams and participates in races organized for charity.

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