SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hometown Heroes breakfast, now in its 12th year, honors local people who have shown unselfish character through heroic acts.
22News is proud to be a part of this annual event, where members of our community can hear the emotional stories of ordinary people who have done the extraordinary for others. This year’s honorees include a man who saved a neighbor’s life during a fire, a man who has donated blood and platelets twice a month for 12 years, and two athletes who stopped running a race in order to save someone on an opposing team who was having a seizure.
You can watch this deeply moving ceremony live on WWLP.com from 7:30-9:00 A.M on any device.
Here are this year’s Hometown Heroes, which you can read about by clicking on the following stories:
- Arthur Hardy and Kevin Collins: Two U.P.S. employees who put out a car fire, saving the life of a man who was trapped inside the vehicle.
- John Weston, Joe Allen, and Maryanne Alben: These three came to the rescue of a man who was lying unconscious in the middle of the street.
- Alan Kraefft: Saved his neighbor from a burning home.
- Sandra Land and Gina Lopez: Stopped running in a race so they could help an opposing athlete who was having a seizure.
- Steve Berube: Created a sports program for able-bodied children, and children with disabilities.
- Dr. Wilson Pyle: Saved the life of another physician, who had gone into cardiac arrest following a workout at the gym.