, Salem, MA


March 15, 2012

Red Cross honors its annual heroes


Rice, 42, was raised in Peabody and played football at St. John's Prep in Danvers, where he also made lifelong friends. He earned a degree in marketing from Bentley College and worked in banking for a time, before switching careers to become a firefighter. When he was not at work, he attended his children's soccer, basketball, softball and flag football games. He routinely walked his kids to school after returning home from the station, then later could be found standing under a tree, waiting for them to come home. Rice leaves his wife of 17 years, Amy, and their three children, Alyssa, 12, Katelyn, 9, and Ryan, 7.

International Hero

Kerry Healey

Since serving as the commonwealth's lieutenant governor, Kerry Healey has been active in the international arena. In 2008, she helped establish a partnership linking U.S. lawyers and judges with counterparts in Afghanistan to help advance the rule of law in that country.

With the International Republican Institute, she has helped train 60 female members of parliament in Afghanistan. And as a trustee of American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, she is raising funds for 100 scholarships for Afghan girls to study law and business and to learn English in a secure environment.

At home, Healey co-chairs Political Parity, a bipartisan effort to help elect more women to high-level offices. She also serves as chairwoman of the Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and is a founder of the Massachusetts Interagency Council on Homelessness. Healey also serves as vice chairman of the National Center on Family Homelessness.

Enduring Hero

Richard Wylie

Richard Wylie, president of Endicott College, has been devoted to the quality of life in Beverly. Not only has he committed to support the city with $500,000 in lieu of taxes, but Wylie helped institute Endicott's Gull dining card, enabling students to eat at venues downtown, where they spend an estimated $328,000 a year.

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