Western Mass. residents honored as Hometown Heroes

This year is the 14th annual Hometown Heroes Breakfast

Honorees at this year's Hometown Heroes Breakfast. Left to right: Dalon Spaulding, Jeff Litchfield, Tommy Guy, Sydney Bryden, Christina Lovelace, Jeremiah Ramos, James McAleer

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Seven Hometown Heroes have been honored by the Red Cross of Western Massachusetts during Thursday’s Heroes breakfast.

For the 14th year, Hometown Heroes who had saved or improved the lives of others were recognized by the hundreds who filled the MassMutual Center.

Edwin and Maria Carmona shared the most emotional moments, accepting the award for their son Jeremy Ramos, who was killed trying to save lives during a terrible traffic accident on Interstate 91 in Springfield.

People attending the Hometown Heroes event for the first time found themselves deeply affected.

Susan Ventura of Chicopee said, “I saw the young man who gave his life to save, I saw his mother, I hugged her, I didn’t know him but it touched my heart.”

Martin Johnson of Springfield said, “I think it was unbelievable, I intend to come to the next one. It’s very emotional. When the girl sang Heroes, it was amazing, I almost teared up. There are a lot of people out there doing a lot of good things.”

22News reporter Sy Becker presented the stories of each Hometown Hero, how their commitment to save lives and improve the lives of others is of such benefit to the community.

Starting as a 9/11 tribute, the Hometown Heroes salute has taken on a life of its own as one of western Massachusetts premier events, honoring men, women and young people who do remarkable things for others.

Ramos’ incredible story showcasing his selflessness and heroism is just one of several.

Western Massachusetts residents Tommy Guy, Jeff Litchfield, Sydney Bryden, Dalon Spaulding, Christina Lovelace and James McAleer are all being honored for their acts of heroism in addition to Ramos.

Read their stories:

The breakfast helps to support disaster relief throughout Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties.

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