HELMETTA, NJ - Bill Peterson has been a borough resident for more than two decades and a member of the Spotswood Volunteer Fire Department for over thirty years. He is a former fire chief works as an engineer for the department. During the coronavirus pandemic, his experience has been a huge help in mentoring and training future members of the department. His commitment to community service is why he is Wednesday's Helmetta Hometown Hero.

Peterson was an EMT in Monroe Township for 10 years. He is proud to be a former Marine, serving the United States during the Vietnam War. Peterson is a family man, raising three daughters with his wife Sadie. Sadie Peterson passed away in 2014. The pair also have six grandchildren. Peterson enjoys spending time with his family as well as with his brothers at the Spotswood Volunteer Fire Department. When he has some free time, he can be found working on his '66 Chevelle. The Chevelle is one of his pride and joys.

If you know a Helmetta Hometown Hero like Peterson who is on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis, send Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek an email at mayor@helmettaboro.com. Nominations should include the person's name, a brief description of their job, what makes them a hometown hero and a photograph.