Hometown Heroes ceremony inspires hundreds

Hometown Hero Alan Kraefft (center) is seen here being honored at the 2014 Hometown Heroes breakfast.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the 12th consecutive year, the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross chapter honored Hometown Heroes who had saved lives or improved the lives of others.

A Springfield doctor who saved the life of a fellow physician, and two Agawam High School athletes who lost a race in order to help a stricken member of the opposing team, were just a few of the Hometown Heroes cheered by more than six hundred people at the MassMutual Center Thursday morning.

The audience was deeply moved by the stories presented by 22News.

“The Hometown Heroes is such a great event, to hear the stories of the amazing heroes that you never hear about,” Alicia Gamelli of Longmeadow said.

“It’s very inspirational, makes you want to get up and volunteer, stop by the roadside if somebody needs help,” Liz Almeida of Springfield said.

This annual feel-good event salutes ordinary individuals who have impressed the Pioneer Valley Red Cross with their devotion to others.

The Hometown Heroes breakfast is clearly a crowd-pleaser. Anthony Scibelli of Springfield works with Maryann Alben, who was honored for helping save a man who was unconscious in the middle of a street.

“Oh, it was wonderful truly inspired,” Scibelli said.

The annual Hometown Heroes event continues to grow as an expression of gratitude for those who feel committed to helping others here in Western Massachusetts.

And for me, it’s a great to participate in this stirring event.

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