HEROES ON THE WATER

Ambassadors

Our ambassadors are veterans and first responders who share stories of their service and experience with Heroes on the Water. To request an ambassador to speak at an event, please fill out our request form. Thank you!

ANDRE JACKSON

Andre is a US Army Veteran who served as an Information Systems Operator Analyst from 2000 – 2007. He was attached to the 159th Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division out of Ft Campbell, KY and deployed to Iraq. He received the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards).

He settled in the DFW area with his wife, three daughters and son. He has been an avid activist in the Veteran community. He is passionate about serving and helping others become their best. Andre has been a part of Heroes on the Water since 2017.

Andre’s Spotlight Story: Finding Serenity

MICHAEL LIBERTINI

Michael has been in law enforcement since 2001, and currently serves at the rank of Lieutenant in the Professional Standards Division within his agency in Western Connecticut. He is the Accreditation Manager, a police instructor, and staunch supporter of mental health and wellness for police officers. As such, he has developed department policies and formed a peer support team for his officers. He has led the Patrol Division, Detective Division, and has served on the Emergency Services Unit. He is also the recipient of the Department’s second highest award, The Police Cross, for an incident in 2009 as well as a first responder to the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012.

He currently lives inWestern Connecticut with his wife and two daughters who are regular volunteers at HOW events! He began his own Chapter of Heroes on the Water – Western Connecticut, in order to bring the benefits and healing of the HOW mission to his officers, other first responders, and veterans in the area.

Michael on Sportsman’s Adventures

SCOT RUSSELL

Scot is a US Navy Veteran who served as a Submarine Sonar Technician from 1990- 1996, He was attached to the USS Norfolk (SSN-714) fast attack submarine where he earned his Submarine Warfare (SS). He served in the Gulf war and in support of NATO in other areas. He received a Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Navy Arctic Service, and NATO Medal. He comes from a longline of Veterans, his Father is a Vietnam Veteran and his Grandfather served in the Koeran and WW2.

He was raised in North Georgia and now lives outside of Nashville, TN with his wife and youngest daughter and his oldest daughter still lives in GA with her husband who is a Police officer. He has been an avid activist in the Veteran community. He is passionate about helping others and considers working with Heroes on the Water a continuation of his service, serving fellow veterans and first responders. Scot has been part of Heroes on the Water since 2018.

STEVEN BURGE

Steven Burge is a retired US Army Veteran who served as an 11B Infantryman before transitioning into working on the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter as an Armament, Avionics, Sights, and Navigation repairer serving from 1993-2014. He has deployments to Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Poland, and Iraq. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5th award), National Defense Service Medal (3rd award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star (2nd award), and Overseas Service Ribbon (Kosovo).

Retiring in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife and daughter he continues to serve with the military as an Aviation Credentialing manager. He is an avid angler and promoter of the Heroes on the Water’s mission volunteering and serving since 2012.