His efforts on behalf of Dragon Skin, however, are, as he says, a labor of love. His son left the service two years ago after eight years in special forces and multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, but as a proud blue-star parent, X gained a newfound respect for our nation’s military. Which is why he continues the fight for Dragon Skin. “I want to make sure our young men and women are protected,” he said. “I’ve come a long way in my life, helping the little guy, the underdogs, people who can’t help themselves.” It’s all part of the philosophy that has guided him since his days growing up in Rancho San Pedro, watching his divorced mom, a court interpreter, helping others. Early in his business, he would take his young children with him when he went to meet clients. When they would complain, he would tell them, “I’m gonna teach you how to be leaders, not followers. It’s what we did as Hermosillos.” He instilled those values in his ex-soldier son, now a firefighter, his oldest son, a professor in Utah, and a daughter in college. And, yes, that’s his sister, Carmen, who’s vice principal at San Pedro High. Sportswalk Be forewarned: Bring plenty of tissue to this year’s Sportswalk to the Waterfront induction ceremony on Oct. 8 in downtown San Pedro. The annual tribute to sports stars figures to be more poignant than usual with the honoring of Mario Danelo and Joseph J. Anzack Jr. Danelo is the San Pedro High standout who set NCAA records as a place kicker at USC before his tragic death in January in a fall from the cliffs at Point Fermin. He was 21. Anzack played nose guard for South High in Torrance and joined the Army after graduating in 2005. He was 20 when he was killed in Iraq in May. Anzack is receiving the Pat Tillman Award, named in honor of the former NFL star who quit playing to join the Army and was killed in Afghanistan. Danelo is being inducted as a team with his father, Joe, the former NFL kicker. Other honorees are baseball greats George Brett and Reggie Smith, UCLA and NBA star Walt Hazzard, USC All-America tight end and NFL veteran Jim Obradovich, former tennis pro Amanda Augustus and retired Harbor College football coach Floyd “Scrappy” Rhea. Rhea is receiving the Trani Award for his contributions to local sports. Joe Danelo earned a plaque on his own merit with a brilliant 10-year pro career. The Spokane, Wash., native moved to San Pedro during his NFL days and started longshoring. Today he is a foreman. Steve Marconi, a lifetime resident of San Pedro, is a freelance journalist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So there I was channel surfing the other night, and as I came across “The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,” who should I see but San Pedro’s Xavier Hermosillo. The issue was the debate concerning the body armor used by our armed services. American soldiers are issued Interceptor body armor, but there are some who believe a new type of armor, called Dragon Skin, is far superior and would reduce casualties. Each side has test results that show its product is best, but Dragon Skin backers are dubious of the military’s claims because of a procurement system that often involves contracting with manufacturers that hire retired officers (as in the case of Interceptor). Congressional hearings have followed. Hermosillo got involved after he first heard about Dragon Skin and wanted to buy some for his youngest son, who was then in the Air Force somewhere in the Mideast. That’s when he found out that the military had banned its use. Hermosillo is no stranger to either the spotlight or being in the hot seat. The company he founded 23 years ago, now known as CrisisPros, is an uber- public relations firm that, as its name implies, deals in the hard cases. While most PR firms help companies in advance, X, as he’s known by almost everyone, comes to the rescue when companies run into trouble and need damage control. For instance, when Wilmington’s Juanita Foods was sued by two men who claimed they found a finger in a can of menudo, X used the investigative skills he developed as an award-winning crime reporter at the News-Pilot to prove it was a hoax. Throughout the ’90s, X was a familiar voice and face in Southern California. He was a radio talk show host from 1993 to 1998, was a commentator on Channel 13 from 1992 to 1997, specializing in Latino issues, and covered the Zapatista war in southern Mexico for ABC in 1994-95. X was used to making headlines at the News-Pilot, where he was sports editor right after graduating from San Pedro High in 1968. He had the good sense to get out of journalism, however, and went to work for Miller Brewing Co. He reached the national stage in 1986, when he tried to broker a deal that would have brought the then-Los Angeles Raiders to Irwindale. In 1992, he was in charge of all international media at the Republican National Convention.