Heroes Among Us - March 2010

March 31, 2010 - Jack Doyle

Heroes Among Us

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

Jack Doyle has spent more than 20 years as a volunteer and referee for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Often described as "one of the greatest guys you'll ever meet", Jack is loved by athletes and volunteers alike.

Jack is also an incredible advocate for the Games and is always thinking of ways to make the experience even better for the athletes. As one of Special Olympics great ambassadors, Jack helps plan more than 600 games and recruits over 1,200 volunteers annually!

For his lasting impact on the lives of athletes with special needs, please join us in welcoming our Special Olympics Night Hero Among Us, Jack Doyle!

March 28, 2010 - Bill Kleinedler

Heroes Among Us

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

Bill Kleinedler [kline-ed-ler] is a third-generation Army serviceman that first enlisted in the early 90s. In April of 2006, Bill was sent to Iraq as part of "Operation Iraqi Freedom". Later that year, Bill's vehicle struck an explosive device that had been hidden under the road. Three soldiers died in the explosion and while Bill survived he suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his face, arms and hands.

Bill has undergone numerous surgeries and arduous treatments but even throughout this process has managed to dedicate himself to helping others and has become an active ambassador for the Fisher House Foundation.

For his lifelong dedication to service, please join us in welcoming tonight's Hero Among Us, Bill Kleinedler!

March 26, 2010 - Michael Scalia

Heroes Among Us

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

On November 25th, Michael Scalia awoke to the sound of a crash outside his parents' home. Looking to see what happened, Michael noticed flames coming from a car that had struck a tree and he immediately ran outside to help. The car was filled with smoke, and when he opened the door he found an unconscious woman inside. The flames began to engulf the entire car, but Michael was able to free the woman and carry her to safety!

When asked of his actions, Michael responded, "I don't think I did anything extraordinary. I was here, and did what needed to be done."

For his quick and life-saving actions, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Michael Scalia!

March 24, 2010 - Joe Scaddingo

Heroes Among Us

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

On December 17th, Joe Scadding awoke to a large fire that was engulfing his multi-family house. After quickly getting his family out safely, he realized that the mother and two children who had moved in earlier that day were still inside. With no regard for his own safety, Joe immediately rushed back into the burning home. He made his way through the flames and found the family trapped on the third floor.

Acting quickly, Joe led them out a window, onto the roof, and was able to lower the mother and children down to safety, averting a near certain tragedy.

For is courageous and life-saving actions, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Joe Scadding!

March 17, 2010 - Steve Pellegrini

Heroes Among Us

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

On October 10th, Steve Pellegrini was near the Essex River when he heard cries for help and saw an elderly couple trapped inside a car that was sinking into the river.

As the car quickly became submerged, Steve immediately jumped into the frigid water to help them. While the passenger was able to free herself and swim to the surface, the 95 year old man was still stuck inside the car. Steve was able to swim to the bottom of the river, pull the man through the car's window and bring him safely to shore!

For his poise under pressure and life-saving actions, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Steve Pellegrini!

March 15, 2010 - Mike Sameski

Heroes Among Us

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

On November 12th, Fire Lieutenant Mike Sameski (sam-es-key) and his crew responded to a house fire in Dorchester with a 14 year old girl trapped inside. As his crew battled the blaze, Lt. Sameski rushed into the burning house.

Due to the heavy smoke, it was impossible to see so Lt. Sameski crawled on his hands and knees, reaching out hoping to find her. He finally felt the girl's leg and quickly pulled her to safety. Realizing she was unconscious, he began CPR and after two long minutes, the girl began breathing on her own!

For his bravery and life saving actions, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Lt. Mike Sameski!

March 12, 2010 - Ken Fisher

Heroes Among Us

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

Ken Fisher is the Chairman and CEO of Fisher House, a non-profit organization that provides housing near military hospitals so that families of injured soldiers can be near their loved ones during treatment and recovery. Forty-four homes have been built across the country and around the world and serve nearly 13,000 military families each year, all completely free of charge! Since 1990, more than 130,000 families have stayed more than three million days at a Fisher House.

In addition, the foundation has provided more than 18,000 airline tickets for travel to the best military hospitals and offers college scholarships to children of our nation's heroes. Amazingly, Fisher House has provided over $150 million in housing and transportation services to military families!

For his unyielding dedication to bettering the lives of wounded warriors and their families, please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Ken Fisher!

March 10, 2010 - Curtis Warner

Heroes Among Us

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

J. Curtis Warner Jr. has dedicated his career to changing the lives of Boston's inner-city youth through musical instruction. Curtis founded the Boston Arts Academy, the city's first performing and visual arts high school, to help get children off the streets and into the classroom.

Curtis also created the Berklee City Music Program, which provides some of the city's most at-risk youth with year-round music programs and an opportunity to earn full scholarships to Berklee College of Music. To date, more than 1,000 students locally have received summer program scholarships; and 116 have gone to college for free!

For his commitment to changing lives and inspiring others through music, please join the Celtics and Berklee College of Music in welcoming Curtis Warner as tonight's Hero Among Us!

March 7, 2010 - Trevor Bynum

Heroes Among Us

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

Trevor Bynum was born deaf but refuses to let his disability get in the way of his dreams. Every summer, he's a counselor at Easter Seals camp, which integrates youth with and without disabilities. He has an amazing ability to communicate with all campers and to inspire them to learn sign language and non-verbal communication.

Trevor is a stand-out athlete who plays basketball and football and impresses everyone he meets with his perseverance and positive attitude. Easter Seals recently presented him with its "Future Leader" Award for being an outstanding role model and ambassador!

For his leadership and for inspiring us all, please join the Celtics and Easter Seals in stomping our feet to welcome Trevor Bynum as tonight's Hero Among Us!

March 3, 2010 - Casey Recupero

Heroes Among Us

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

Casey Recupero, Executive Director of Year Up Boston, has dedicated his career to empowering urban youth to reach their full potential.

Year Up provides low-income young adults with an intensive twelve month job training program providing the necessary tools to succeed in corporate America. Year Up helps individuals who would not otherwise have access to college or to careers at our city's top companies quickly become leaders in their communities. Under Casey's leadership, Year Up Boston has expanded to serve over 300 young adults each year. Amazingly, over 1,000 Year Up alumni are employed in the Boston area alone!

For his dedication to helping urban youth cross the 'opportunity divide,' please welcome tonight's Hero Among Us, Casey Recupero!

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