Just in time for Christmas, the town of Jackman turned out Thursday to welcome back a hometown hero.

Army Sgt. Timothy Gilboe, 25, who last week was awarded the Silver Star for heroism during a firefight in Afghanistan last April, rode in a parade down Main Street to cheers from the close-knit community in which he grew up.

For more on the day’s festivities, see Bill Nemitz’s column in this weekend’s Maine Sunday Telegram.