Heroes Among Us - December 2011

December 30, 2011 - Captain Joseph Hawthorne

Heroes Among Us

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

Shirley Fire Department Captain Joseph Hawthorne has dedicated over 30 years to serving others but never thought Governor Patrick would present him with the Medal of Honor. One night while Joseph was off-duty, he overheard a dispatch call about a raging fire near his home.

He rushed directly to the scene where he learned that a mother of three was trapped inside. Despite not having any protective gear, Joseph knew time was of the essence and without regard for his own safely, he immediately raced inside. Joseph successfully rescued the woman just moments before flames engulfed the building!

For his brave and life-saving actions, please join us in welcoming Joseph Hawthorne as tonight’s Hero Among Us.

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