Mayor Announces ‘Frontline Heroes’ Grand Marshals for July 4th Parade


Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen announced today the four grand marshals of this year’s Fourth of July Stars & Stripes Forever Parade sponsored by Gaylor Electric. The theme “Frontline Heroes” includes a person representing Noblesville Schools, Riverview Health and the city’s police and fire departments to honor and thank all of the frontline workers in the city.

“Despite the hardships and health risks, essential frontline workers continued to do their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to recognize these hardworking heroes that cared for those most vulnerable and kept our city safe,” said Jensen. “Independence Day is a time we can celebrate the freedoms, history and perseverance of our nation. It also serves as a great time to thank those in our community who continue to make it strong.”

The four 2020 parade grand marshals include:

Noblesville Schools – Jill Maynard

Maynard, a second to fifth grade special education resource teacher at Noble Crossing Elementary, was named the 2020 Noblesville Schools Teacher of the Year at the overall district level and the elementary level. Her primary role is supporting students' social and emotional development while helping them achieve academic success. She recently completed her seventh year of teaching at Noble Crossing. Prior to becoming a resource teacher Maynard taught third and fourth grade.

Jill Maynard

Riverview Health – Joyce Wood

Joyce Wood began her career as a staff nurse at Riverview Health in 1990, and currently serves as the chief nursing officer and vice president of Organizational Improvement. Wood is responsible for overseeing both strategic and operational initiatives that impact nursing practice to ensure patients receive safe, compassionate, high-quality care. She also provides leadership on risk management and regulatory compliance.

Joyce Wood

Noblesville Fire Department – Division Chief James Macky

Macky is a 20-year veteran of the Noblesville Fire Department, who supervises the 91 EMT’s and 37 paramedics that work for the NFD. He is assisted by an EMS captain and three community resource paramedics. Macky also has provided invaluable leadership in helping design and launch NobleAct, a community paramedicine program focused on mental health and substance abuse response.

James Macky

Noblesville Police Department – Officer Trevor Schmidt

Schmidt began working for the NPD in June 2016 and was recently named the 2019 Officer of the Year for his positive attitude, willingness to go above and beyond the normal responsibilities of the job, and how well he works under pressure. In 2019, patrolman Schmidt became a drug recognition expert, field training officer and an evidence technician. He also was instrumental in tracking and apprehending the suspect who allegedly shot and killed Fishers K-9 Harlej last year.

Trevor Schmidt

Those interested in participating in the 2020 Noblesville July 4th Parade have until Monday, June 29 to submit entry forms, which are available online here. Registration is $25. The City of Noblesville is waiving the entry fee to all nonprofits organizations that want to participate. For more information about the parade, contact Kevin Sears at or call 317-776- 6324.

The Stars & Stripes Forever Parade kicks off the city’s holiday festivities. The fireworks festival sponsored by IDI Composites follows from 6 to 10 p.m. at Forest Park. At approximately 10 p.m., the annual fireworks display will begin.