Western Massachusetts residents honored as Hometown Heroes

This year is the 15th annual American Red Cross Hometown Heroes Breakfast

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Western Massachusetts Red Cross on Friday honored seven Hometown Heroes, who have saved lives or improved the lives of others.

Hundreds paid tribute to the seven heroes at the Sheraton Hotel and Ballroom in downtown Springfield; individuals who have either saved lives or improved the lives of others.

Danny Clifford, a disabled group home resident, saved his caregiver’s life by using the Heimlich maneuver that he had learned years earlier.

Agawam firefighter Pam Murphy recognized for rescuing a six year-old boy who was in danger of drowning last year on the Cape.

The large crowd also saluted an advocate for homeless veterans and an educator who goes out of his way to inspire his students. It is an emotional event that never fails to stir its audience.

Read their stories:

“It always makes me smile. I know there are many opportunities when people can make a difference in someone’s life, and know all these people took that extra step to make that happen,” Kelly Eddy of East Longmeadow said.

“I couldn’t be prouder of all the people that serve our community. My father is a firefighter from Springfield, he served in the department for 25 years,” Tammy Bordeaux of East Longmeadow said.

22News reporter Sy Becker was deeply moved and caught by surprise when retired Red Cross chapter executive director Rick Lee presented him with a token of appreciation for his 15 years of service to the Hometown Heroes program. As Sy told the audience, it has been a rare honor to meet, interview, and produce stories about such remarkable Hometown Heroes.