Jeff Donahue is this months Hometown Hero. In late 2020 Jeff Donahue was going about his normal routine. He loaded up his families garbage and headed to the town transfer station to dispose of it. As he had done 1,000 times before, and as all Mainers do every week. However, this day would trigger a change in the trajectory of Jeff’s life. This day, as he was outdoors and distanced from everyone else, was accosted, harassed, and ultimately charged criminally What was the reasoning? Jeff is a stage 3 lung cancer survivor. During his battle with cancer part of his lung had to be removed. Because of this, Jeff had obtained a legitimate medical exemption to masking. Even after explaining this to the Transfer Station, and the responding Officers, he was still criminally charged. With no lawyer, Jeff had choices to make. Take the plea deal, thus agreeing that he had committed a criminal act; or fight. Jeff chose to fight. After 1.5 years of researching, learning how to defend himself in court, learning how to navigate the paperwork and filings required for court proceedings, Jeff achieved victory, and the State dropped the charges today. Congratulations Jeff. Thank you for standing up, for setting an example, and for pushing back.