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I am looking for a word similar to hometown hero, or someone who willingly helps those within their community who are in need/danger. This is different to helping as a part of a job (eg. doctor, social worker), but rather helping because they choose to. Something similar to an idol, Samaritan or savior but without any religious associations, if that makes sense.

  • Community stalwart. – Xanne Mar 8 '17 at 5:08
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    “hometown hero” is an alliteration and is perfectly clear and concise. Why do you think you need a single word when two is perfect? – Jim Mar 8 '17 at 5:30
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    According to some classifiers, 'hometown hero' is a compound noun is a 'word'. I'd agree with Jim, and almost always choose it over mahmud's 'Johnny-on-the-spot'. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 8 '17 at 8:06
  • I suppose I was looking for a more generic term. It could be just me, but "hometown hero" has a strong country/rural vibe. Would you for example call someone from New York a hometown hero? – FrontEnd Mar 9 '17 at 5:56
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    Much of NY state is country/rural. If you mean the city of NY, then yes 'hometown hero' can work If NYC is the person's hometown. – AmE speaker Mar 10 '17 at 0:30
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You seek something comparable to hometown hero. Hero suggests someone from the town who returned from war or sports or whatever as a hero, or perhaps once helped in a flood or other disaster. "Community stalwart"might serve your purpose better.--A loyal, reliable, and hard-working supporter of or participant in an organization or team," (ODO), the team being the community. Johnny-on-the-spot does not cover the idea of continuous service, but may relate only to a one-time event.

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Johnny–on–the–spot: (M-W)

A person who is on hand and ready to perform a service or respond to an emergency.

Johnny-on-the-spot (Dictionary.com)

a person who is on hand to perform a service, seize an opportunity, deal with an emergency, etc.

E.g. I'll be Johnny-on-the-spot all right, and have it ready for you.

  • Misses the hometown aspect. – Jim Mar 8 '17 at 5:27
  • There may be such a Johnny in every hometown or community! – mahmud koya Mar 8 '17 at 5:34
  • Johnny on the Spot also means this. – ab2 Mar 11 '17 at 19:35

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