Heroes Among Us - April 2009

April 28, 2009 - Richard Phillips

Heroes Among Us

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

On April 8th, Captain Richard Phillips' boat carrying humanitarian aid to Kenya was hijacked by pirates and his crew was taken captive. Captain Phillips bravely gave himself up to the Pirates in exchange for letting his crew go free.

He was held hostage on a lifeboat by four pirates for five days before being rescued by Navy SEALs.

For his courage and willingness to sacrifice himself for his crew, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Captain Richard Phillips!

April 20, 2009 - Charlie Rose

Heroes Among Us

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

Charlie Rose represents the best of Boston -- the community he has proudly served for the past 30 years as a youth advocate, mentor and civic leader. Charlie is best known as the Dean and VP of City Year, an organization he helped create and lead since 1988. Founded in Boston, City Year seeks to break down social barriers through service across the United States and internationally.

Under Charlie's leadership, over 1500 young adults will dedicate a year to serving and transforming our communities. The City Year corps will incredibly invest over 2.5 million hours of community service this year alone!

For Charlie's lifelong commitment to the service of others and his unrelenting belief in social justice, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Charlie Rose.

April 18, 2009 - Robert Lemire

Heroes Among Us

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

Robert was on Haverhill Street in Lawrence when he noticed toys being thrown out of a third story apartment window. Unsure of the situation, he kept glancing up when suddenly he saw a small girl dangling from the window and two children inside desperately clutching onto her arms. Robert darted across the street, almost being struck by oncoming traffic, yelling for help and called 911.

Alex was on the first floor when he heard Robert's cries for help and ran outside. Just after Alex got underneath the window, the baby began to fall. Miraculously, Robert and Alex were able to catch the baby and prevent a horrific tragedy.

For their quick-thinking and life-saving actions, please welcome tonight's Heroes Among Us, Robert Lemire and Alex Day! .

April 15, 2009 - Pat Cullen

Heroes Among Us

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

Best described as fun, patient and loving, Pat Cullen was the type of teacher that we all dream of having. Even since retiring after 33 years of teaching, Pat continues to volunteer teaching children to read.

Pat underwent a seemingly routine back surgery that tragically left her paralyzed from the neck down. Even after this unfortunate event, Pat never changed her amazingly positive outlook on the world. Pat's unique personality left a lasting impression on the Wareham School System and on April 2nd they named their gym The Patricia "Pat" Cullen Gymnasium in recognition of her lifelong service and impact on the students.

For her strength and passion for teaching please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Pat Cullen.

April 10, 2009 - Gail and John Downing

Heroes Among Us

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

On Mother's Day 2008, Gail and John Downing lost their beloved daughter, Michelle and her husband Todd in a horrific car accident. In an instant their lives changed forever as they became the sole caretakers for their 3 young grandchildren. Breaking thru their grief, the Downing's brought the community together and formed the Marsh Family Foundation, dedicated to providing necessary services to low income seniors who find themselves as the primary caregiver to their grandchildren.

Since it's inception in August, the Foundation has already raised over ten thousand dollars to support the education and care of children in need!

For their inspirational strength and perseverance, please join us in welcoming tonight's Hero Among Us, Gail Downing. Gail is also accepting on behalf of her husband.

April 8, 2009 - Mary Ellen Mayo

Heroes Among Us

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

On February 4, Brian O'Leary was playing in the over fifty basketball league at the Beverly YMCA when he suddenly collapsed of a heart attack. Mary Ellen, the Youth Service Director and teacher of CPR classes, heard the calls for help and quickly grabbed the defibrillator and ran to the gym. By the time Mary Ellen reached the basketball court Brian was no longer breathing and his face was blue. Even in the midst of this emergency situation, Mary Ellen kept her composure, checked Brian's vital signs and then hooked him up to the defibrillator. The first shock jump started Brian's heart and he miraculously began breathing again.

For her poise under pressure and life saving actions, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Mary Ellen Mayo.

Joining Mary Ellen on court to express his gratitude is Brian O'Leary!

April 3, 2009 - Barry Rosenwasser

Heroes Among Us

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

Barry Rosenwasser began teaching in 1979 and has dedicated his career to creating, supporting, and teaching inclusive classrooms for preschool children. Barry proved, way before others thought it was possible, that very young children with disabilities could learn in classes with typically developing children. Barry has greatly improved the lives of thousands of young children and transformed the way that schools think about including all children.

Barry was also the recipient of the Brookline Early Education Program's Ari Cohen Memorial Award for his outstanding service.

For 30 years of dedicated service and his revolutionary impact on the way Special Education students are nurtured and taught, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Barry Rosenwasser.

April 1, 2009 - Gary McCarthy

Heroes Among Us

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

At the age of six, Gary began attending the "Boys" Club in Springfield. After graduating from college, he credited the Club for much of his success and was determined to help others in the same way he was helped. For the last 47 years, Gary has dedicated himself to giving back to the youth of his community, and now as the executive director of the Springfield Boys and Girls club, he is providing life-changing opportunities for the 2,800 children that are part of his Club. His passion for helping others is well-renowned, as he is credited for molding the lives of thousands of youth over the years.

For his lifetime dedication to the Springfield community, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Gary McCarthy.

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