Gurnee man is Round Lake Area Exchange Club's February hometown hero

Round Lake Area Exchange Club submission
Posted2/13/2015 12:48 PM

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club has announced that its Hometown Hero is U.S. Marine Sgt. Ryan Nuccio of Gurnee.

Nuccio was registered for this honor by family friend, Kim Vander Yacht also of Gurnee.


He is a 2010 graduate from Warren Township High School. Nuccio is an Embassy Guard stationed in the Ivory Coast, Africa. Some of the honors bestowed on him are Afghanistan campaign medals, NATO medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

With the support of this month's sponsor, B.E.S.T, Nuccio's "Hanging with the Heroes" care package will be filled with sunflower seeds, beef jerky, granola bars, cookies and snacks. Also included is a personalized "Hanging with the Heroes" T-shirt donated by ArtRageous of Hainesville, letters from Round Lake Area Unit District 116 students, a specially made rosary for the military from Legion of Mary from St. Joseph's in Round Lake and a piece of home.

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club will present a plaque to his family at the group's annual membership drive breakfast Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7:30 a.m. at the Round Lake High School Main Gym/Theater entrance.

The Round Lake Area Exchange Club needs the community's help in getting our local heroes signed up. Any and all military personnel serving overseas or in the USA from any of the Round Lake areas, Hainesville, Fox Lake, Ingleside or surrounding areas qualify for the program. You can register your loved ones by going to

For more information, visit the website or contact the program chair Sherry Ridge at (847) 740-2379.