Michael was nominated by his wife Christiana:
There are not enough words to describe what an amazing husband, father and friend my husband is. We have had the worst year. Between separation with myself traveling back and forth from VA to IL fighting for custody of my daughter, him having to travel to IL for the birth of his daughter because I was there, stresses of health concerns after the baby was born, and working security which consists of standing for over 13 hours straight. My husband is my hero because no matter what has happened or will happen he will always be here to support his family of five. We are beyond blessed to have him in our lives. He is our hero.