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    Do you know a Hometown Hero? Call, write, or email News 12 Connecticut and that person could be featured on News 12 Connecticut's Hometown Hero segment every Wednesday. 

    Do you know a Hometown Hero? Call, write, or email News 12 Connecticut and that person could be featured on News 12 Connecticut's Hometown Hero segment every Wednesday. 

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    Thursday, July 13 2017 2:26 PM EDT2017-07-13 18:26:33 GMT

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    Photos of Connecticut's "Hometown Heroes"

  • Hometown Hero: Larry Kleinman

    Hometown Hero: Larry Kleinman

    Larry Kleinman has served as an EMT with the Westport EMS department for the past five years. He started volunteering after he retired and says helping others in their time of need is the most fulfilling thing he's ever done.
  • Hometown Hero: Cathy Lynch

    Hometown Hero: Cathy Lynch

    Cathy Lynch has been a volunteer at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens for 10 years. As a volunteer, she weeds and deadheads plants, maintains gardens, trains new master gardeners and works at the Arboretum's Perennial Garden Group.
  • Hometown Hero: Al Forte

    Hometown Hero: Al Forte

    Al Forte started the Pray for Peace Walk 10 years ago as a way to spread the message of positivity to others. One of Forte's most notable walks was from the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Washington, D.C. to Ground Zero in New York City.
  • Hometown Hero: Dr. Christopher Michos

    Hometown Hero: Dr. Christopher Michos

    Dr. Christopher Michos works at Norwalk Hospital and has been a champion for the facility's pain management initiative. The hospital is currently exploring alternative non-opioid treatments to help their patients.
  • Hometown Hero: Stacey Kalmanidis, co-chair of the Greek Festival

    Hometown Hero: Stacey Kalmanidis, co-chair of the Greek Festival

    Hometown Hero: Stacey Kalmanidis, co-chair of the Greek FestivalHometown Hero: Stacey Kalmanidis, co-chair of the Greek Festival

    Stacey Kalmanidis began volunteering with the St. George Greek Orthodox Church's annual Greek Festival in 2011 in honor of her grandfather. This year, she's helping run the show.

    Stacey Kalmanidis began volunteering with the St. George Greek Orthodox Church's annual Greek Festival in 2011 in honor of her grandfather. This year, she's helping run the show.

  • Hometown Hero: Eleanor Gonzalez-Meeds

    Hometown Hero: Eleanor Gonzalez-Meeds

    Eleanor Gonzalez-Meeds, of Fairfield, has spent 15 years volunteering for Operation Hope, a for-purpose organization that works to disrupt poverty and empower inclusion for low- and moderate-income youth and adults. She serves as the head of the holiday department, helping to organize its annual tag sale.

    Eleanor Gonzalez-Meeds, of Fairfield, has spent 15 years volunteering for Operation Hope, a for-purpose organization that works to disrupt poverty and empower inclusion for low- and moderate-income youth and adults. She serves as the head of the holiday department, helping to organize its annual tag sale.

  • Hometown Hero: Alexandra Wallace-Currie

    Hometown Hero: Alexandra Wallace-Currie

    Alexandra Wallace-Currie is the owner of the Park City Honey Company, where she gives breast cancer patients and survivors work opportunities.

    Alexandra Wallace-Currie is the owner of the Park City Honey Company, where she gives breast cancer patients and survivors work opportunities.

  • Hometown Hero: Gary Bologna

    Hometown Hero: Gary Bologna

    After retiring five years ago, Gary Bologna has been volunteering at the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County twice a week.
  • Hometown Hero: Lynn Riley

    Hometown Hero: Lynn Riley

    Lynn Riley has been volunteering for the food service program Meals on Wheels for the past six years. She can be found at the Norwalk Senior Center packing food several says a week.

    Lynn Riley has been volunteering for the food service program Meals on Wheels for the past six years. She can be found at the Norwalk Senior Center packing food several says a week.

  • Hometown Hero: Jessica Del Guerico

    Hometown Hero: Jessica Del Guerico

    Jessica Del Guercio founded PAWS of Greenwich. Guercio and her staff have worked to revitalize Greenwich's Grass Island Dog Park, the town's only legal off-leash dog park.
  • Hometown Hero: Jean Watkins

    Hometown Hero: Jean Watkins

    Jean Watkins, of Greenwich, has spent 77 years volunteering at Red Cross events.

    Jean Watkins, of Greenwich, has spent 77 years volunteering at Red Cross events.

  • Hometown Hero: Charles Adams

    Hometown Hero: Charles Adams

    Charles Adams, of Greenwich, volunteers at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk three days a week.Charles Adams, of Greenwich, volunteers at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk three days a week.

    Charles Adams, of Greenwich, volunteers at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk three days a week.

    Charles Adams, of Greenwich, volunteers at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk three days a week.

  • Hometown Hero: John Vazzano

    Hometown Hero: John Vazzano

    John Vazzano is a Bridgeport native who is this year's Barnum Festival ringmaster. This weekend, he will oversee the culmination of the festival with two big events: the Battle of the Bands at Trumbull High School and the Barnum Parade at Seaside Park.
  • Hometown Hero: Peter Carlson

    Hometown Hero: Peter Carlson

    Peter Carlson is a top fundraiser for the Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford swim event, which benefits cancer research at the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.

    Peter Carlson is a top fundraiser for the Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford swim event, which benefits cancer research at the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.

  • Hometown Hero: Pat Buzzeo

    Hometown Hero: Pat Buzzeo

    Pat Buzzeo is the chairman of Hooks for Heroes, a fishing tournament in Stamford that benefits wounded veterans and their families at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
  • Hometown Hero: Andrea Bass

    Hometown Hero: Andrea Bass

    Andrea Bass has been the volunteer chairperson of the Hope in Motion Walk and Run for the past five years. Bass says she is passionate about supporting people in their fight against cancer.
  • Hometown Hero: Alicia D'Anna

    Hometown Hero: Alicia D'Anna

    Alicia D'Anna is a volunteer at the Westport Historical Society who helped build the set for their latest exhibit, Remembered: the History of African Americans in Westport.

    Alicia D'Anna is a volunteer at the Westport Historical Society who helped build the set for their latest exhibit, Remembered: the History of African Americans in Westport.

  • Hometown Hero: Marianne Laska

    Hometown Hero: Marianne Laska

    Marianne Laska has volunteered at the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport since 2002. She first started as a tutor and later became a nurse consultant for its day care program. The center provides literacy and life skills training to low-income women.
  • Hometown Hero: Dottie Fincher

    Hometown Hero: Dottie Fincher

    Dottie Fincher has been a member of the Westport Gardening Club for over 45 years.
  • Hometown Hero: Barbara Degaltini

    Hometown Hero: Barbara Degaltini

    She's the office manager for the Open Door Shelter's Norwalk location, and she's helping with the nationwide Movers for Mom campaign to delivery toiletries to needy women on Mothers Day.
  • Hometown Hero: Lucian Terranova

    Hometown Hero: Lucian Terranova

    Lucian Terranova has assisted thousands during disasters as a Red Cross volunteer. He has been a volunteer and in various leadership positions for 18 years, and has helped people displaced from fires and victims of natural disasters. During Hurricane Katrina, Terranova was one of the people in charge at the Astrodome and helped process over 27,000 people in 30 days.
  • Hometown Hero: Herb Kohn

    Hometown Hero: Herb Kohn

    Herb Kohn, 94, has had many roles in Stamford, including police commissioner, zoning board member, the head of an adult baseball league and a facilities manager for the city. He currently spends his time volunteering with the State Street Debating Society, which he says awards scholarships and has been a big part of his life.
  • Hometown Hero: Terri Watson

    Hometown Hero: Terri Watson

    Terri Watson has been a volunteer at the The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County in Stamford for 13 years. She assists agencies and non profits like the Yearwood Center and Person to Person when they come into shop and shows them where items are.
  • Hometown Hero: Charlotte Suhler

    Hometown Hero: Charlotte Suhler

    Hometown Hero: Charlotte SuhlerHometown Hero: Charlotte Suhler

    Charlotte Suhler, of Darien, has spent over 25 years with one of Fairfield County’s most well-known philanthropic organizations as one of the founders of the Fairfield County Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls.

    Charlotte Suhler, of Darien, has spent over 25 years with one of Fairfield County’s most well-known philanthropic organizations as one of the founders of the Fairfield County Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls.

  • Hometown Hero: Erica Pivor

    Hometown Hero: Erica Pivor

    Erica Pivor is a mom of two and a volunteer at Earthplace's Preschool in Westport. Pivor plans events and fundraisers for the preschool and nature center.
  • Hometown Hero: Arden Lesoravage

    Hometown Hero: Arden Lesoravage

    Arden Lesoravage serves as a Lead Executive Ambassador at Kids Helping Kids. The organization aims to empower students to elevate their passion for community service by implementing service projects that benefit low income children in the community.
  • Hometown Hero: Attorney James Dougherty

    Hometown Hero: Attorney James Dougherty

    James Dougherty has practiced law in Greenwich for more than 30 years -- but he says his true joy is promoting his Irish heritage as the founding director of the Irish American Museum of Washington, DC, and the publicity chairman of the Greenwich St. Patrick's Day Parade.
  • Hometown Hero: Brendan Collins

    Hometown Hero: Brendan Collins

    Detective Brendan Collins is the president of The Norwalk Police Emerald Society, a nonprofit organization that puts on the annual Norwalk's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
  • Hometown Hero: Lizanne Galbreath

    Hometown Hero: Lizanne Galbreath

    Lizanne Galbreath has been Fairfield County's Community Foundation board chair for nearly three years. She is involved with the foundation's 24-hour Giving Day event, which allows people to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits through online donations.
  • Hometown Hero: John Sciarretta

    Hometown Hero: John Sciarretta

    John Sciarretta, of Norwalk, started the Mental Minute Project, which allows people to submit minute-long videos explaining their mental illnesses and their coping methods.
  • Hometown Hero: Alicia O'Neill

    Hometown Hero: Alicia O'Neill

    Alicia O'Neill is the director of partnerships and business development at the Norwalk-based Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. As part of its Moving Mountains program she founded, O'Neill and a team of patients and doctors will begin a nine-day trek to Nepal to Everest Base Camp, and then to Kala Patthar.
  • Hometown Hero: Paul Otzel

    Hometown Hero: Paul Otzel

    Paul Otzel, of Milford, has spent his life giving back to the city and was awarded the Community Service Award by the Milford Chamber of Commerce.
  • Hometown Hero: Mary Ann O'Connor

    Hometown Hero: Mary Ann O'Connor

    O'Connor has been volunteering with the Stanwich Church's outreach missions for over five years.
  • Hometown Hero: Hank Solis

    Hometown Hero: Hank Solis

    Hank Solis has volunteered for Meals on Wheels with the Norwalk Senior Center twice a week for five years.

    Hank Solis has volunteered for Meals on Wheels with the Norwalk Senior Center twice a week for five years.

  • Hometown Hero: Cathy Kangas

    Hometown Hero: Cathy Kangas

    Cathy Kangas, of New Canaan, uses her skin care business to advocate for animals and clear out shelters. She is the founder of Prai Beauty, which is free of animal ingredients, does not test on animals and since last May has partnered with the Stamford Animal Control and Care Center for its Free the Shelters event.
  • Hometown Hero: Dudley Williams

    Hometown Hero: Dudley Williams

    Dudley Williams was named the 2017 Stamford Citizen of the Year and will be honored in April.
  • 2017 Hometown Hero

    2017 Hometown Hero

    These "hometown heroes" truly stand out for what they do in their communities.

    These "hometown heroes" truly stand out for what they do in their communities.

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