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Red Cross Announces 2011 Heroes in Northeast Massachusetts

The American Red Cross, Northeast Chapter is pleased to announce the 2011 Heroes who will be honored at the 9th Annual Heroes Breakfast at the Danversport Yacht Club on March 31, 2011 from 7:30 - 9:30 am. Susan Wornick, an anchor from WCVB-TV will be the Master of Ceremonies. The awards will be presented by Alan Temkin and Susan Wornick, as well as other community members. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and event details, please visit or call (978) 922-2224.

You may not recognize them by shining metals or flowing capes, but heroes walk among us every day. They are in our schools working long hours to ensure that our children receive the best education possible; they are members of our protective forces running into a burning building for a rescue even when they are off duty; they are our doctors and nurses that go above and beyond the call of duty to save lives. They are our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and service members who choose every day to make a difference in the lives of others.

A nominating committee made up of members from the community selected the following Heroes:

Enduring Hero: Bill Howard, President, Beverly Cooperative Bank, resident of Beverly

Community Heroes: Kathleen Bailey of Newburyport, Gretel Clark of Hamilton, Karen Bernier, Jeff Jones, and Jorge Lemerise of Essex, Sefatia Romeo-Theken, City Counselor, Gloucester, and Bill Scott of Manchester

Healthcare Hero: Elissa Al-Chokhachy, MA, RN, HPCN, FT, of Amesbury

Education Heroes: Heather Douglas, Teacher, Triton Regional Middle School, Shawn Maguire, Principal of Rockport Elementary School, and Tina Pasierbiak-Lamond of Rockport

First Responder Hero: Officer William Barror, City of Beverly

Youth Hero: Aidan Blake, Student, Briscoe Middle School

The event’s sponsors (as of press time) are National Grid, Eastern Bank, Northeast Health System, Temkin Financial Group, North Shore Community College, Beverly Rotary Club, Anthony & Dodge PC, Axcelis Technologies, Beverly Cooperative Bank, Capital Hotel Management, Distrigas of Massachusetts LLC, First National Bank of Ipswich, Meridian Associates, Structured Solutions, Inc., R.B. Strong Excavating & Sewerage, R&L Associates Inc., Endicott College, and Kiwanis Club of Beverly.