Wednesday, U.S. Navy Blue Angels tells us they had the opportunity to fly one of Traverse City’s hometown heroes, Brian Gutowski, before the National Cherry Festival.

Brian is a leader in the Northern Michigan Region, embodying the true spirit of community leadership and service, which extends far beyond his daily role as the Manistee County Sheriff.

Blue Angels tells us that when off duty, Brian also serves on the Central-Wellness Network’s and Lakeshore Children’s Advocacy Center’s board of directors, giving his time to the community instructing safety classes and mentoring local youth.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Key Influencer Program aims to showcase the hardwork and dedication of people who give so much to their local communities.

Every airshow nominates a key influencer and they are given a backseat ride before the airshow by Lt. Connor O’Donnell, Blue Angel #7.