Boston Celtics Honor ’Heroes’ for Extraordinary Deeds At Special State House Ceremony

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BOSTON (June 28, 2004) - The Boston Celtics honored their 2003-04 Heroes Among Us recipients at a Massachusetts State House ceremony attended by politicians, community leaders and athletes, recognizing extraordinary deeds that ranged from saving lives to bettering the lives of the less fortunate.

The honorees were recognized by United Way of Massachusetts Bay President and CEO Marian Heard, Massachusetts State Auditor Joseph DeNucci and Celtics forward Walter McCarty before a group of more than 200 invited guests.

"The Heroes Among Us program shows that heroes come from all walks of life and all professions," Heard said. "Heroes are not defined by who they are but what they do. These heroes have shown that individuals play a vital role in their communities and one person can make a difference."

"I applaud the Boston Celtics for recognizing these Heroes Among Us, who every day are making an important impact on the lives of other people," DeNucci said. "From saving lives to establishing important programs, these people are showing tremendous dedication and commitment to their communities."

The heroes, each of whom was recognized at a Celtics home game during the season, were called to the stage individually to receive congratulations from Heard, DeNucci, McCarty and others. DeNucci read a citation from the state officially declaring it Massachusetts Heroes Among Us Day. The heroes also received a certificate signifying that U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who was unable to attend the event, had read their name into the Congressional Record in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Other attendees included Celtics legend JoJo White; Celtics CEO and Managing Partner Wyc Grousbeck; Celtics Managing Partner Robert Epstein; David Woodman, General Manager of Fox Sports Net New England; and Ken Chandler, Editorial Director of the Boston Herald.

The Heroes Among Us award, established by the Celtics seven years ago, recognizes outstanding individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to their communities. Their achievements include individual acts of courage, saving lives, sacrificing for others, overcoming obstacles to achieve their goals, and a lifelong commitment to enhancing the lives of others. More than 300 individuals have been honored since the inception of the program.

"I am honored to be part of this program, which shines the light on the contributions of these true heroes," McCarty said. "These people have made great sacrifices to better the lives of others. They are truly an inspiration."

Heroes Among Us honorees included Melinda Pellerin-Duck of Springfield; Kevin Fogwill of Brookfield; Tony DeBlois of Randolph;, Matt Haymer of Andover; Brian, Calvin and David Owino of Framingham; Debby Sabin Kanzer of Lincoln; Officers Chi Keung, Richard Lum and James St. Croix of the MBTA Police Department; Sergeant John Danilecki and Officers Adam Gill, Michael Doyle and Michael Mylett of the Boston Police Department; Daniel Gonzalez of Cambridge; David Goodfellow of Lakeville; Linda Brooks of Framingham; Greg de Zarn-O'Hare of East Kingston, N.H.; Peter Bruce of South Dartmouth; Brendan McDonough of Dorchester; Ron Bielicki of Waltham; Tim Shriver of Washington, D.C.; Charity Bell of Jamaica Plain; Alex Cortes of Springfield; Frank Kilroy of Danvers; Karen Butler and Tom Lee of Brockton; Atala Esquilin of Chelsea; Karen, Alex and Bob Bean of Shrewsbury; Mary Soo Hoo of Chinatown; Chris Constantino of Plymouth; Caitlin Gorski of Hopkinton; Kellie Burgeson Surdis of East Taunton; Joe Lawless of Lynnfield; original Tuskegee Airmen Willis Saunders, Harvey Sanford, Jack Bryant, George Giddings, Charles Diggs, Enoch Woodhouse, Daniel Keels, Joseph Hall, James McLaurin, John Roach and Donald Callender; Dr. Arnold Scheller of Milton; Jackie Jenkins-Scott of Roxbury; the Honorable Leslie Harris of Grove Hall; Anne Norton of Boston; Lieutenant Paul Lucas and Vincent Dimono and Dorian Jenkins of the Boston Fire Department; Cory Arno of Central Falls, R.I.; Mel and Marilyn Rubin of Chestnut Hill; Ryan and Hattie Wilkinson of Medfield; Mason Hedberg of North Attleboro; Myra Fox of Brookline; Margela Olivier-Galette of Jamaica Plain; Lee and Allison Weissman of Springfield; Jesus Gerena of Jamaica Plain; Veryl Anderson of Andover; Bob Michalczyk and George Kouloheras of Lowell; and Michael Danziger of Lincoln.

The Heroes Among Us program, created by the Celtics prior to the 1997-98 season, is supported by the Boston Herald and Fox Sports Net New England. To read more about the Heroes program, please visit the "Community" section of Celtics.com, and click on the Heroes Among Us logo.
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