Heroes Among Us - November 2009

November 27, 2009 - Katrina Sanchez

Heroes Among Us

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

Boston EMT Katrina Sanchez exemplifies the dedication and service of our Emergency Medical Services.

On July 29th, Katrina was driving home from work when she noticed an elderly man in his car gasping for air. Without hesitation, she jumped into action, quickly pulled the man out of his car and successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver, forcing the obstruction from the man's throat and averting a tragedy. When asked of her heroics, she said it best by saying, "It wasn't a big deal... that is what I signed up for."

For her quick thinking and life-saving actions, please join us in welcoming Katrina Sanchez as tonight's Hero Among Us!

November 25, 2009 - Colonel Clayton Hutmacher

Heroes Among Us

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

Colonel Clayton Hutmacher (HUT-MOCK-ER) began his military career in 1978 and has spent the last thirty years working to protect our freedom.

The tragic book and movie "Blackhawk Down" is based on Colonel Hutmacher's unit as they served in Mogadishu. More recently, he has served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a battalion and regiment commander and a helicopter pilot. He has received numerous honors and decorations for his accomplishments including the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star.

For his amazing courage and dedication to our country, please join us in welcoming Colonel Hutmacher as tonight's Hero Among Us!

November 20, 2009 - Bonnie Keefe-Layden

Heroes Among Us

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

Colonel Bonnie Keefe-Layden has dedicated her life to service. She served 33 years in the US Army Reserves, including a tour in Kuwait setting up medical evacuation for injured troops and civilians.

In addition to her military service, Bonnie has devoted her life to assisting people with disabilities. As CEO since 1980, Bonnie has grown Rehabilitation Resources Inc. into a non-profit organization that provides residential care and services for hundreds of people with developmental disabilities. She has fought for legislation to improve social services and is dedicated to ensuring that every person has the means to live a fulfilling life.

For her unwavering dedication to our country and commitment to those living with autism, please welcome Bonnie Keefe-Layden!

November 18, 2009 - Darlene and Gary Ratliff

Heroes Among Us

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

In recognition of National Adoption Month and the tens of thousands of children waiting for adoption, the Celtics and MSPCC are proud to honor Darlene and Gary Ratliff.

Darlene was a teacher at a school for the deaf and saw firsthand the obstacles that deaf students and their families have to overcome. As she learned of children that didn't even have a family to go home to, Darlene and her husband, Gary, knew they had to take action. They opened their home and hearts to four deaf boys through adoption and foster care. They have given these boys a nurturing and loving home and a real chance for a bright future.

For their amazing dedication to the neediness of children, please welcome tonight's Heroes Among Us, Darlene and Gary Ratliff.

November 13, 2009 - Dr. George King

Heroes Among Us

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

As the Celtics join the Joslin Center in tonight's recognition of World Diabetes Day, we are pleased to honor Dr. George King.

Every year, another 6 million people develop this disorder and their lives are forever altered. For the past 28 years, Dr. King has made it his mission to find a cure. He has spearheaded major medical advancements and received countless honors and awards for his work. Most recently, his efforts have led to the creation of a new drug currently being tested in clinical trials for the prevention of blindness in diabetic patients.

For his unwavering dedication to finding a cure to diabetes, please join us in welcoming tonight's Hero Among Us, Dr. George King!

November 11, 2009 - Chris Poncia

Heroes Among Us

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

In celebration of Veterans Day, the Celtics are honored to recognize 2003 Iraq war veteran Chris Poncia. He was a member of the Rhode Island Air National Guard Security Forces and earned both the Air Force Commendation and Achievement medals during his tour of duty.

Chris' selfless dedication to others continued after he returned home and joined the Providence Police force. This summer, Officer Poncia was on patrol when he smelled smoke and heard screams. He rushed over to see a house fully engulfed in flames. Without regards for his own safety, Chris ran inside the home, found two children trapped inside and ushered them out to safety.

For his dedication to our country and amazing bravery under pressure, please welcome Chris Poncia as tonight's Hero Among Us.

November 6, 2009 - Lisa Vasiloff

Heroes Among Us

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

Based on the premise that every child deserves to experience the joy of a birthday party, Lisa Vasiloff [Vass-ill-off] co-founded Birthday Wishes in 2002. For the past seven years, Lisa has passionately fought for less fortunate children, recruiting hundreds of volunteers and receiving tens-of-thousands of dollars in donations and supplies. Birthday Wishes now operates in over 85 homeless shelters and hosts birthday parties for more than 1000 children every year, providing gifts, games, decorations and entertainment to make sure that every child's special day is filled with smiles.

For her devotion and unyielding commitment to uplifting the spirits of our neediest children, please welcome Lisa Vasiloff as tonight's Hero Among Us.

November 1, 2009 - Jack Gilbride

Heroes Among Us

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

Jack Gilbride is a second grader at the Holy Name School in Roslindale. Just after midnight on May 24th, Jack and his family were asleep when a raging fire broke out in their second floor apartment. Seven-year-old Jack was the first to wake up, alerted his father and sister, and then sprinted downstairs to help his legally-blind grandfather who lived in a separate apartment. Thanks to Jack's heroics, the entire family survived the fire without injury!

For his life-saving actions and poise under pressure, please join us in welcoming Jack Gilbride as tonight's Hero Among Us!

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