Heroes Among Us - January 2006

New England is home to many individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on our community, positively affecting the lives of others. For the seventh season, the Boston Celtics will recognize an individual or individuals at each home game who have made a special contribution.

Here are the January 2006 Heroes Among Us:

The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery represented here by Joe Hamza of Tedeschi Foods.

January 4, 2006
Stuart Molk

Dining out with your family is supposed to be relaxing, but there's one Sunday evening Stuart Molk will never forget. Stuart and his family were having dinner at Kowloon in Saugus when he saw something that caught his attention. One of the other patrons started choking. Fortunately, Stuart, who has been a MDC mission ranger at the Massachusetts State House for the past ten years, is trained in emergency care.

Stuart rushed over to the table and was able to perform the Heimlich maneuver, which saved the man's life.





The Heroes Among Us award is a program of the Boston Celtics, presented by the Mass State Lottery, represented here by Executive Director Joseph Sullivan.

January 6, 2006
Ron Bell

Ron has been a voting rights advocate and community organizer for more than 20 years. In 1990, he founded Dunk the Vote, a Boston-based non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing civic participation and promoting social change. Using a contemporary style to engage the interest of young people, Dunk the Vote has been able to reach and educate the urban community.

During the past 12 years, Dunk the Vote has registered more than 35,000 new voters. Ron is often referred to as the single biggest advocate for transforming the political landscape of Boston's urban neighborhoods.





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

January 9, 2006
Marie Poulin

Marie, who is developmentally disabled, has been in need of help for many years. But her zeal for volunteering is such that she refuses to let herself be confined or limited by her disability.

Her weekly Meals on Wheels deliveries is just one of the many activities that crowds Marie's volunteer schedule. There are the lunches she serves at Rosie's Place, a shelter for homeless women in Boston. There are the dogs and cats she cares for at the Milton Animal Shelter. There are the gift packages for needy children she puts together at Cradles to Crayons.

Marie is a living example of someone who will not let their disabilities limit their ambitions.





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

January 18, 2006
David Russell

David is a teacher at the McKinley South End Academy, a school for students with serious emotional and learning disabilities. With his intense dedication to his students and his profession, he has distinguished himself as a leader in his field. David has been recognized as the Teacher of the Year by the Boston Public Schools in 2001. That same year he also received the prestigious "Golden Apple" award.

When David is not teaching, he can be found mentoring first year teachers through the "Mentor Teacher" program. This year, David is proud to celebrate his 20th Anniversary as a teacher at McKinley South End Academy!





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

January 20, 2006
Ryan Curtis, Alex Ingoglia, Matthew Scibeli, and Brian Short

Last December, these four teenagers were driving on Route 1 in Lynnfield when they noticed a sport utility roll-over. They immediately rushed over to the scene of the accident and noticed the driver was bleeding and pinned in his car, with gasoline pouring from the vehicle. The driver was also going in and out of consciousness. After calling 911, two of the teens diverted traffic, while the other two broke the glass and pulled the man from the smoky automobile.

After EMT and State Police Officers arrived at the scene, they confirmed that if it weren't for the teens help, the man's life would have been in jeopardy.





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

January 23, 2006
Mireille Manzone

In July of 2004, while attending a conference in Washington, D.C., Mireille heard a retired Army Lieutenant speak about the troops fighting in Iraq. After learning of the terrible loneliness soldiers often experience while fighting overseas, Mireille was inspired to take action.

Mireille created the "Hugs for Heroes" program. Through this program, she has raised funds, collected support letters and small durable items, and sent care packages to American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. As she prepares approaches her tenth shipment this month, Mireille vows that as long as American troops are stationed overseas, she will continue to show appreciation for their sacrifices.





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

January 25, 2006
David and Stephanie Dodson

In 1998, while on a medical trip to Honduras, David and Stephanie noticed an unusually large number of children with congenital birth defects.

Upon returning home, the Dodsons conducted extensive research on the causes and prevention measures of the types of congenital defects taking place in Honduras, and in 2000, they created Project Healthy Children. Their initiative led to fortifying the food supply in Honduras with folic acid, therefore saving the lives of countless unborn children and sparing others from debilitating birth defects.

Project Healthy Children is now working with the Centers for Disease Control and the United Nations to roll out programs throughout other Central American countries with similar problems.





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

January 27, 2006
EMTs Anthony Fiorino and Josh Algarin

Each year, Boston Emergency Medical Technicians respond to thousands of calls from distraught people threatening to harm themselves or others.

Last Thursday, EMT's Anthony Fiorino and Josh Algarin responded to one of those calls. A young man was on top of an eight story Back Bay garage, threatening to jump. Anthony and Josh were called upon to try and talk him down. They were determined to build trust in the man as he ran along the ledge of the building and threatened to harm himself.

After approximately two hours of negotiating with the man, Anthony and Josh were able to convince him to climb down and approach his rescuers, saving his life and preventing him from possibly harming others.



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