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Hometown Heroes

The American Red Cross of the Pioneer Valley staged its sixth annual Hometown Heroes Breakfast on March 20, honoring eight individuals who have shown courage, kindness, and unselfish character through acts of heroism. At left, Mark Morris (left), director of Public Relations for Health New England, presents a Hometown Heroes Award to Brian Strange of Chicopee, who rescued an 87-year-old Springfield man who was trapped in his burning, overturned car after a crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Above, Bill Trudeau of the Insurance Center of New England presents an American Red Cross Hometown Heroes Award to Missionary Bertha Brown, volunteer program director of the Victory Temple C.O.G.I.C. food pantry, for her extraordinary service and dedication to the poor and hungry in West Springfield.

Community Health Fair

The 87 students in the senior class of Nursing at Springfield Technical Community College put on their annual community health fair on April 15, with information booths, displays, and speakers on subjects ranging from asthma, body enhancement (tattooing, piercing), and child safety, to maternal health, diabetes, and much more.