Heroes Among Us - April 2007

April 18, 2007 - Deborah Weaver

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Tonight please welcome Deborah Weaver.

Deborah is the founder and Executive Director of Girls LEAP, a free self-defense and safety-awareness program for girls aged 8-18 in low-income communities throughout Greater Boston. In addition to teaching self-defense, LEAP teaches techniques that empower each girl to avoid, defuse and survive dangerous situations.

LEAP's impact is best described by one 14-year-old program graduate, "Now I know that I can defend myself, with not only my body, but with my voice." Through Deborah's efforts, LEAP has served over 3,000 girls in its ten year history, and will graduate another 500 this year!

For her dedication to the safety and empowerment of girls, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Deborah Weaver.

April 13, 2007 - Billy Star

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Tonight please welcome Billy Star.

Mr. Starr's mother was diagnosed with cancer right after he graduated from college. After his mother's passing, Billy founded the Pan Mass Challenge with 35 friends to raise money in the fight against cancer.

Since the first ride in 1980, the Pan-Mass Challenge has grown from 36 cyclists to 5,000, and has raised over $171 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Incredibly, the Pan Mass Challenge raises more money than any other athletic charity event in the country!!

For his unyielding dedication in the fight against cancer, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Billy Star.

April 11, 2007 - Kathy Savage

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Tonight please welcome Kathy Savage.

Kathy is the type of volunteer that every organization dreams of having. Incredibly, she has been a dedicated volunteer for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts since 1985!

Kathy first volunteered as a photographer for the Special Olympics. She then went back to school for her Masters degree in Nursing, and used her education to become a key medical volunteer for Special Olympics. Eventually, Kathy was named the Special Olympics volunteer medical chair. Kathy's dedication and care enabled thousands of Special Olympics athletes to participate in the national games who might not have had the same opportunity without her help!

For her amazing generosity and care for Special Olympics athletes, please join us in recognizing Kathy Savage.

April 6, 2007 - Rick Phelps

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Tonight please welcome Officer Rick Phelps!

Officer Phelps, a six-year veteran for the Rockland Police Department, was working the night shift last week, when he received a call that a house was on fire. Within two minutes of receiving the call, Phelps arrived on the scene to see smoke billowing out of the home.

The father, Rudy Childs, was standing outside disoriented, but still able to tell Phelps that his young daughters were inside. Without regard for his own safety, Officer Phelps helped Rudy regain his composure, and together they rushed inside to rescue the four girls. Just moments after the girls were carried to safety, the house became completely engulfed in flames.

For his bravery and life saving actions, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Rick Phelps.

April 1, 2007 - Michael Briggs

Heroes Among Us

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery.

Tonight's Hero Among Us award is being presented to deceased Officer Michael Briggs from the Manchester police department. Accepting in his memory are his son's Brian and Mitchell along with his two partners, Officers Linstad and Breckenridge.

This past fall, Officer Briggs was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call. He had been on the force for five years and two years ago had been honored as one of four Manchester officers to receive the New Hampshire Hero Award for his exemplary service. Not only was Officer Briggs an exceptional officer, he was a US Marine Corps veteran, and a wonderful father and husband.

For his outstanding dedication to public service, please join us in recognizing Officer Michael Briggs.

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