, Salem, MA


March 20, 2014

Altruism at its best

Red Cross honors its local heroes at breakfast today


Youth Hero: Lauren Healey

Environmental activist Lauren Healey, a student at Newburyport High, has maintained plantings along the Clipper City Rail Trail and monitored local soil conditions. She designed recycling equipment at her school lunchroom and organized local composting events. Healey has represented Newburyport on the Essex County Regional Environmental Board and served as a student member of the city’s working group for clean energy. Her design for a green roof covered with soil and plants won an award at the state science fair last year, and she is helping build a display facility for the city.

Mission Into Action Heroes — North Shore Boston Marathon Response

The Red Cross is recognizing 12 individuals who assisted in the response to the Boston Marathon bombings last year.

Capt. Dennis Levasseur of the Salem Fire Department, a spectator that day, responded to the first bomb by evacuating people from the stands. After the second blast, he moved barriers to allow access to ambulances and first responders.

Jonelle O’Connor, a Lynn resident and nurse director at North Shore Medical Center, identified herself as a nurse to a police officer, and they moved through the crowd together while O’Connor assessed injuries, determining victims’ medical needs.

Kathy LeClair, a TD Bank employee, helped the BAA hand out medals to runners who could not finish their race because it was shut down.

Eight-year-old Bailee Militello of Gloucester ran a lemonade stand that raised $1,000, which she used to buy toys and gift cards for children who had been injured by the blasts.

Beverly Fire Department Deputy Peter O’Connor, Lt. Eric Fowler, Lt. Ryan Laracy, Lt. Mathew Kowalski, Lt. Donald Philpot, and firefighters Michael Halloran, Jonathan Palm and Scott Perkins were volunteering at security posts near the finish line when the first bomb detonated. They administered first aid to the many people injured along Boylston Street and continued until all victims were safely removed.

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