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Frank Zabinski
Frank Zabinski
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23-Year-Old Guilderland Asst. Fire Chief a ‘Hometown Hero’

Frank Zabinski may be one of the youngest assistant fire chiefs in the entire Capital Region.

At 23, Frank serves the Guilderland Fire Department  and goes above and beyond in his job. According to the person who nominated Frank as this week's "Hometown Hero," "he is a devoted member of the fire department and is always the first responder at each fire call

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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 Layne, "is always doing something for someone

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Volunteer fighter, Donald Coons Jr.
Volunteer fighter, Donald Coons Jr.
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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

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Sharon Dion volunteers with the 4-H Youth Development Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension. She is pictured here (right) with the kids she volunteers with.
Sharon Dion volunteers with the 4-H Youth Development Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension. She is pictured here (right) with the kids she volunteers with.
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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 the organization

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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 chemotherapy treatments

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Volunteer Who Gives Birthday Parties to Homeless Kids a ‘Hometown Hero’

Fazana Saleem-Ismail believes everybody deserves the chance to celebrate his or her birthday in a big way.

The Albany resident created her own foundation, Jazzy Sun Birthdays, to provide parties, gifts and birthday love to homeless children in the Capital Region

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Schenectady Community Foundation Leader a ‘Hometown Hero’

Emily Wiley, of Schenectady, cares deeply for her community and everyone in it. She created a foundation in her name to help gather items for families in need in Schenectady, including school supplies and warm winter coats

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Credit: Louise Belensz
Credit: Louise Belensz
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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 and cheer elderly residents

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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 Montgomery Counties

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Credit: Tammy Chaverri
Credit: Tammy Chaverri
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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

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Sara Mae Hickey
Sara Mae Hickey
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The Autism Initiative Founder a ‘Hometown Hero,’ Vandalized Bakery in Need of Supplies

Sara Mae Hickey, president and founder of The Autism Initiative, a non-profit organization committed to improving the livelihood of families and individuals affected by autism, is in the process of building and opening Puzzles Bakery & Café, located on State St. in

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Credit: John Sumpter
Credit: John Sumpter
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Amsterdam Mentor and Coach a ‘Hometown Hero’

John Sumpter was moved by the loss of two teenagers in Amsterdam two years ago and decided to create a not-for-profit organization geared toward mentoring and coaching the community's youth.

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