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March 21, 2013

Red Cross honors Community Heroes


Sgt. Brian Proulx

First Responder Hero

Sgt. Brian Proulx, a longtime resident of Haverhill and a 19-year veteran of its Police Department, was close to the scene when a 13-year-old boy on a bicycle was struck head-on by a car on July 17 in Haverhill. Proulx arrived within minutes of the accident and, realizing that the boy’s head trauma might be life-threatening, immediately requested a MedFlight to get him to the hospital. While awaiting the helicopter’s arrival, he also began applying lifesaving procedures to stabilize the boy’s condition. Thanks to Proulx’s foresight and skill, the boy survived to receive the medical care that allowed him to make a remarkable recovery.

Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Oswald

Education Hero

Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Oswald of Lynn, a 40-year veteran of the Marine Corps, has spent the last 17 years as senior Marine instructor at Lynn English High School. Under his leadership, the school’s Junior ROTC has won the Navy’s School of Excellence Award for 15 consecutive years. Its drill team, which regularly garners top honors at National Drill Team Competitions, also won the 2006 championship. But Oswald also uses drill practice to teach cadets the value of community service, leading them to perform for veterans groups, retirement homes and other community organizations. The students he mentors have also collected for the Jimmy Fund, conducted blood drives for the Red Cross, placed flags on veterans’ graves and carried the colors for those too old to march in Veterans Day celebrations.

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