By Owen Boss
The American Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts issued a press release Tuesday announcing this year's list of local heroes, who will be honored at the 12th Annual Community Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, March 20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore in Danvers.
The breakfast will run from from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and the Mistress of Ceremonies will be Sue Tabb from Magic 106.7 FM. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief.
The Red Cross expects about 600 individuals from both the business and non-profit communities will attend their Heroes event as they honor community heroes, including the Enduring Hero, Service to Armed Forces Hero, and Workplace Hero.
Community heroes are "those who have shown courage, dedication and character through extraordinary acts of heroism and kindness and have made a commitment to the community," according to the release.
"These inspiring individuals, from all walks of life, are proof that one person can indeed make a difference in the lives of others," the release read.
A Selection Committee comprised of professionals from the local community chose the following 2014 Heroes:
- Enduring Hero: Neiland Douglas, Beverly resident; board member, Harborlight Community Partners, Inc.; community volunteer; civic activist
- Service to Armed Forces Hero: Dr. Douglas Peterson, Beverly resident; orthopedic surgeon, Afghanistan veteran; Navy Reservist.
- Education Hero: Joanne Seaman, Manchester Memorial Elementary School.
- Community Heroes: Brian Gonsalves, Atlantic Ambulance Service, Peabody; Jeanne Hennessey, Travel Consultant, Cruise Travel Outlet; Herman Ocasio, Ocasio's Martial Arts, Haverhill.
- Boston Marathon "North Shore Response" Heroes: Jonelle O'Connor, North Shore Medical Center, Lynn resident; Captain Dennis Levasseur, Salem Fire Department; Kathy LeClair, TD Bank; Bailee Militello, youth, Gloucester; Beverly Fire Department -team of "8" at finish line- Deputy Peter O’Connor, Lt. Eric Fowler, Lt. Ryan W. Laracy, Lt. Mathew J. Kowalski, Lt. Donald Philpot, Firefighter Michael Halloran, Firefighter Jonathan M. Palm, Firefighter Scott A. Perkins
- Workplace Hero: NxStage Medical, Inc., Lawrence
- Youth Hero: Lauren Healey, student, Newburyport High School
To find out more about the 12th Annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast, volunteering for the Red Cross, disaster preparedness information, or to donate, please contact the American Red Cross of Northeast MA, 85 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960, call (978) 922-2224, or visit www.redcross.org/ma/peabody.