Hometown Hero

Director of Albany’s Cure The Violence a ‘Hometown Hero’
Clarence Jackson, of Albany, is the Director of Cure The Violence, an organization that works to protect the community and keep violence off the streets by hosting awareness events and rallies.
Clarence used his own personal experiences to start a movement in Albany to encourage a peaceful environmen…
Chatham + Stockport Chief of Police a ‘Hometown Hero’
Peter Volkmann, of Stuyvesant, is the Chief of Chatham Police, Chief of Stockport Police, Police Academy Director, and a Certified Trainer for International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He is a man who wears many hats and who, according to the person who nominated him, his wife Lay…
Taghkanic Firefighter a ‘Hometown Hero’
Donald Coons Jr., of Taghkanic, NY, has been a volunteer firefighter since he was 16 and is now the first Assistant Chief of Taghkanic Fire Company in Columbia County. In addition to being a firefighter, he also works part-time as an EMT for Copake Rescue Squad...
Gloversville Youth Volunteer a ‘Hometown Hero’
Sharon Dion, a Gloversville woman who volunteers her time with the 4-H Youth Development Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Fulton and Montgomery Counties, was recently honored as an "outstanding volunteer" for her commitment to serving the community's youth through t…
5-Year-Old Hair Donor a ‘Hometown Hero’
This week's Hometown Hero is Karis Ward, a five-year-old from Caroga Lake who donated her long hair to Locks of Love.
Karis saw a photo of a child without hair on her babysitter's computer. When she asked why the child did not have hair, her sitter, Kim, explained the child was undergoing c…
Therapy Dog Owner a ‘Hometown Hero’
This week's "Hometown Hero" is Louise Belensz.
Louise volunteers throughout her community, including at a local school tutoring children and teaching others how to ski at the Double H Ranch. But she really enjoys bringing her therapy dog, Otis, to local nursing homes to help an…
4-H Youth Program Volunteer a ‘Hometown Hero’
Breanne Duesler, of Ames, was not only honored as one of our "Hometown Heroes"-she was recently honored by her peers as well.
Breanne was recognized as an outstanding 4-H volunteer for her work with the 4-H Youth Development Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Fulton and Mon…
Amsterdam Mailman a ‘Hometown Hero’
Rafael Chaverri, of Amsterdam, does much more than deliver mail to local residents. He delivers cheer.
Many neighbors along his route have come to love and respect Rafael, a Costa Rican native who came to America at age 18 and has been delivering mail for the past 10 years...
State Trooper of 27 Years a ‘Hometown Hero’
 
Joe Germano, of East Greenbush, has been a state trooper for the past 27 years. Whether on the road or teaching other troopers at the academy, he's known to always be lending a helping hand to others.
As part of the “Hometown Heroes” series, we’ve partnered with County Waste, Latham Ford and Big Bro…

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