Heroes Among Us - February 2011
February 16, 2011 - Chris Jett
Tonight, we honor the memory of Chris Jett who packed a lifetime of optimism, action, and inspiration into his all too brief 24 years. A proud native of Maine and a graduate of the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind, Chris’s fierce independence colored every part of his life.
Determined to help make society more accessible for people with disabilities, Chris worked with legislators and educators to ensure change. Being deafblind never held him back and he proved to be an inspiration to everyone he met.
For all he did so that others could share his dream, please join us in welcoming Chris’ family and remembering tonight’s Hero Among Us, Chris Jett.
February 13, 2011 - The Gengel Family
The Gengel’s [Gheng-ell] kissed their 19-year old daughter goodbye last January as she headed to Haiti for a service project. Tragically, a day into her trip, Britney was killed in the earthquake that ravaged the country.
The last text that she sent to her mother before her death read, “I want to move here and start an orphanage.” Determined to honor their only daughter’s memory and keep her spirit alive, the Gengel family now makes two trips a month to Haiti to help wherever needed and has amazingly raised over $250,000.00 to build an orphanage!
For their selfless desire to help Haiti’s youth, please welcome tonight’s Heroes Among Us, The Gengel Family!
February 10, 2011 - Stephen Nester
January 14th started out as another typical day for letter carrier Stephen Nester. Suddenly, as he was delivering mail on his normal route in Lexington, he noticed smoke coming out of a nearby home. Without hesitation, Stephen immediately stopped his truck and dashed into the burning building to see if anyone needed help.
With flames set to engulf the building at any second, he saw that an elderly gentleman was trapped inside. Stephen helped the 96-year old man to safety and prevented what could have been a terrible tragedy!
For his brave and lifesaving rescue, please welcome tonight’s Hero Among Us, Stephen Nester.
February 6, 2011 - Sabine St. Lot
In January 2010, life forever changed for long-time community leader, Sabine St. Lot, when an earthquake devastated Haiti, the country of her birth. Feeling an overwhelming responsibility to help, Sabine sprung into action.
Assembling a group of concerned citizens nicknamed “Six and Counting for Haiti,” Sabine led her group to three earthquake ravaged Hatian cities where they delivered tents and supplies to help the estimated one million homeless refugees. Striving to do more for the disaster-stricken country, Sabine and her group have since raised over $30,000 to help aid relief efforts in Haiti.
For her unwavering support and continued efforts to help restore Haiti, please welcome tonight’s Hero Among Us, Sabine St. Lot.
February 4, 2011 - Judy Richards
On March 7, 2006 Judy Richards’ worst nightmare came true when her healthy 22-year old daughter Kayla suddenly collapsed as she was running on a treadmill at her local gym. Kayla had suffered an abnormal heart rhythm and tragically passed away. The gym had no defibrillators that would have shocked her heart back into a normal rhythm.
Determined to prevent other families from going through this tragedy, Judy began working vigorously with local legislators to ensure that all health clubs in Massachusetts are equipped with defibrillators as well as trained staff members. Judy’s hard work was rewarded on January 4, 2007 when Kayla’s Bill was signed into law. This law has saved many lives in the last four years! v
For her unwavering dedication to the safety of others, please welcome tonight’s Hero Among Us, Judy Richards.