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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) The American Red Cross, along with members of the community, came together to honor local heroes who have shown courage, kindness and unselfish character through their acts of heroism.
The Hometown Heroes Breakfast Thursday morning recognized those individuals who stand out as exemplary members of the community.
For the 13th consecutive year, 22News reporter Sy Becker co-hosted the honors event at the Mass Mutual Center. Those who have either saved lives, or improved the quality of life for others during the past year, were recognized at the event, each of them receiving a warm, standing ovation from a packed house.
“I’m just overwhelmed to see what people can do, how people can help other people, it makes you feel there’s still good in the world and the good outweighs the bad,” said Dr. John Santoro, Baystate Medical Center.
22News’ Laura Hutchinson presented a stirring tribute to WMass Police and Firefighters.
This event helps the American Red Cross of WMass continue the mission of preventing, responding to, and preparing for emergencies throughout Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties. It’s the largest fundraiser of the year, with over 500 people, community leaders, business owners, family and friends in attendance.
This year’s celebration is sponsored by Columbia Gas, 22News, the MassMutual Center and OMG, Inc.