Red Cross salutes Hometown Heroes at annual breakfast


For the 17th consecutive year, the Red Cross recognized the accomplishments of Hometown Heroes in western Massachusetts.

The Red Cross honored 10 men and women who had distinguished themselves during the past year.

They had either saved a life or helped improve the quality of life for others. The audience at an MGM ballroom cheered their accomplishments as 22News morning anchors Rich Tettemer and Tamara Sacharczyk hosted the program.

It’s become known that the Hometown Heroes salute, deeply affects those who attend.

“What a beautiful event, my heart goes out to all the people that save those lives,” said Bonnie Vallon of West Springfield. “Incredible, that’s the best way to describe.”

Friends who saved young people from a burning car, a minister who provides food for those in need, no questions asked are among the Hometown Heroes honored by the Red Cross. The emotion-filled exploits deeply touching the audience.

“Oh this was amazing, it brought me to tears,” Jeannine Pavlak of East Longmeadow told 22News. “The whole event, now I want to volunteer for the Red Cross.”

The Hometown Heroes breakfast reputation continues to grow as one of Western Massachusetts’ “feel good” events.

Hometown Heroes

  1. New Salem woman that saved man having heart attack honored as Hometown Hero
  2. Chicopee firefighters honored as Hometown Heroes after saving father, son who fell through thin ice
  3. Holyoke nurse that saved two officers from Fentanyl exposure honored as Hometown Hero
  4. Pastor who runs small food pantry for the needy to be honored as Hometown Hero
  5. Former Agawam town clerk, now Springfield teacher honored as Hometown Hero
  6. Owner of Kane’s Krusade recognized as Hometown Hero for helping disabled and elderly with pets
  7. Local nurse honored as Hometown Hero for saving man from heart attack
  8. Agawam men who saved two people trapped in car fire honored as Hometown Heroes

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