Justin Moore was on hand to surprise and honor an Alabama man who lived through a tragic farming accident that claimed the lower part of his left leg and became a lifelong firefighter and certified EMT. Curtiss Shaver was inspired to pursue a career saving others after local firefighters saved his life. Justin surprised Curtiss at his Troy, Ala. Fire station with a special acoustic set to celebrate the firefighter winning Crown Royal’s ‘Your Hero’s Name Here’ program.
The national contest renames the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 29 after an American hero. Five heroes were chosen as finalists and of-age fans placed their votes on Crown Royal’s Facebook page for the person they felt was most deserving. To bring a little piece of the track, known as ‘The Brickyard’ to Troy, Crown Royal teamed up with BigMachineRecords.com to replicate the ‘Yard of Bricks’ in Troy’s downtown area. Curtiss was able to lay the final engraved brick which carries the race logo.
“I’m a huge NASCAR fan, so having my name as a race title is absolutely unbelievable” Curtiss said. “I’m honored that I was nominated for this incredible contest and humbled that so many people voted for my story. I’m looking forward to representing emergency personnel everywhere who risk their lives for others on a daily basis.”
“It was an honor to come to Alabama on this special day to pay homage to Curtiss,” Justin said. “He truly embodies the all-American hero and I am glad I got to be a part of this historical celebration. We will have a great time in Indy for the Curtiss Shaver 400.”
Nearly 200 residents, including Mayor Jimmy C. Lunsford, friends, family and fellow firefighters, attended the bricklaying ceremony. Representatives from Crown Royal, Big Machine Label Group and IMS spoke during the ceremony and Justin performed his current single “Til My Last Day,” and “Small Town USA.”
As part of the grand prize, Curtiss will ride in the pre-race pace car, deliver the trophy to the race winner in Victory Lane and kiss the bricks following the race. The Band Perry, The Mavericks, Justin Moore, Sunny Sweeney and Greg Bates will all play special concerts at the track in honor of Curtiss throughout the race weekend.