I came across a story a couple of weeks ago that really took hold of me.

In The Enquirer, Jennifer Baker reported that a local resident, Ryan Phillips of Northside, heroically saved a young boy from a burning fire that blazed across the street from Phillips' house. The family whose home was ablaze had just moved in days prior. After hearing the mother scream that her baby was trapped inside, Phillips went into the blaze without hesitation.

My heart leapt as I read on, and only as you come to the end of the story do you find out additional context. You discover that Phillips' own son was tragically gunned down in Over-the-Rhine some five years ago as a result of an argument. He obviously knew the pain of losing his boy and didn't want anyone to have to go through that. Phillips is quoted as saying, "If I had gotten burned or not made it out, that child deserved a chance."

His story got me thinking about how we as a magazine can exhibit that special sense of community connection in our way, by telling the most compelling arts, business and culture stories.

In this edition of the magazine, our staff is very proud of what is our largest issue to date, and we hope the many Tristate stories you read will resonate with you. We have P&G's top executive, Bob McDonald, as a "plebe" freshman, sharing the four exclusive responses he could give to any ranking upper-class cadet at West Point and how that experience shaped his own leadership style. Former congressman Steve Driehaus discusses his belief in the Peace Corps and its 50th anniversary for us to find out later about his own service in Senegal. There are the second annual Tristate Success Award winners that are to be commended in having increased in revenue and employees in a recovery year. These winners demonstrate with little fanfare their leadership in setting the agenda for our region. And you have to check out the inaugural issue of Cincy Motorsports Journal. Local motorsports guru Kurt Niemeyer has driven this idea to success and collectively given the motor heads here in town something to cheer about. Kurt proves that his knowledge of cars and racing is so in-depth that I wouldn't doubt that he was born with the understanding of what kind of car he would be racing at 16.

We are bound together by our individual choice to live and work here in the Tristate. The more I read about those in the magazine "” and of people like Phillips "” the more I'm convinced of what a good decision that is.