- Kate Clemons of Hazard, who didn't know anyone in Knott County but organized free-food distribution there immediately after the flood and is still running a food center in Hindman;
- Whitesburg firefighter Charles "Red" Colwell, who can't swim but rescued 14 people from deep, rushing floodwaters and is now chief of the department in the Letcher County seat;
- Nathan Day of Knott County, who rescued nine people and told Hazard's WYMT, “I just feel like if everyone would open their doors and open their hearts, this world would be a better place.”
- Gwen Johnson of the Hemphill Community Center in Letcher County, a distribution site for supplies and place of refuge and healing space where people could gather to feel a sense of community;
- Donna Campbell and the Lost Creek Fire Department in Perry County, which rescued people and served as a distribution center for supplies, and is organizing rebuilding of homes;
- The Rousseau Volunteer Fire Department in Breathitt County, which rescued 15 people, including 12 in an attic, and has helped more than 4,000 families;
- Scott McReynolds and the Housing Development Alliance, which helped preserve 41 homes, repaired 31 and placed six families in new homes, and has applicaitons for 120 more.
- Gerry Roll and the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, which has raised more than $7.4 million for flood relief and has written more than 8,000 checks.
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