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Firefighter Turned Marine a ‘Hometown Hero’

This week's "Hometown Hero," Jordan Barach of Bethlehem, worked as a firefighter, EMT, and also serves as a Marine.

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Alex Lilac with a football.
Alex Lilac with a football.
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Friend Who Started Scholarship Fund in Memory of Hoosick Falls Native a ‘Hometown Hero’

This week's "Hometown Hero," Alex Lilac raised $15,000 for a scholarship fund in memory of a Capital Region native who lost his life this year.

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24 year old Stephen Freiberger named a "Hometown Hero"
24 year old Stephen Freiberger named a "Hometown Hero"
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Civil Servant With Many Hats a ‘Hometown Hero’

This week's "Hometown Hero," Stephen Freiberger, of Stillwater, has worked a multitude of jobs as a civil servant, including working as an EMT, Army veteran, police officer, and firefighter.

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Oak Hill man named a "Hometown Hero"
Oak Hill man named a "Hometown Hero"
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Oak Hill Flight Paramedic a ‘Hometown Hero’

This week's "Hometown Hero," Aidan O'Connor Jr., of Oak Hill, works as a flight paramedic for Lifenet of NY at the base located at the South Albany airport.

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Gerald Christie is this week's "Hometown Hero."
Gerald Christie is this week's "Hometown Hero."
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Halfmoon Man Who Raises Money for Kids to Attend College a ‘Hometown Hero’

This week's "Hometown Hero," Gerald Christie, of Halfmoon, started a nonprofit organization to raise money for students who cannot afford to attend college. But what inspired him to start his generous organization may qualify him to be a "hero" in and of itself.

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Diana Wahid works as a housekeeper but had the surprise of her life when she delivered a baby.
Diana Wahid works as a housekeeper but had the surprise of her life when she delivered a baby.
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Schenectady Woman Delivers Baby in Apartment, Becomes a ‘Hometown Hero’

This week's "Hometown Hero," Diana Wahid, of Schenectady, became what some may call a "hero" after she delivered a baby in her own apartment building.

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Jessica Painter of Albany is a "Hometown Hero"
Jessica Painter of Albany is a "Hometown Hero"
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Philanthropic Pet Photographer a ‘Hometown Hero’

This week's "Hometown Hero," Jessica Painter, of Albany, works to give animals a second chance at life with new families. She does this by taking professional photographs of animals in shelters in hopes that those photographs will get the animals adopted

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Adrienne Wilson
Adrienne Wilson
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Community Servant of Troy a ‘Hometown Hero’

This week's "Hometown Hero," Adrienne Wilson, works to bring a sense of community to Troy. Fittingly, her nominator listed her occupation as a "community servant," reflecting the time and energy she puts into where she calls home

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Melissa Dubin
Melissa Dubin
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Guilderland Girl Scout Leader a ‘Hometown Hero’

Melissa Rosenthal-Dubin has been leading a troop of Girl Scouts for the past several years, showing passion for her troop and for her community.

When she's not helping her girls earn badges, the Guilderland resident also owns her own business and is raising four kids of her own

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Kerry Lawler is a lyme disease advocate from Watervliet.
Kerry Lawler is a lyme disease advocate from Watervliet.
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Lyme Disease Advocate a ‘Hometown Hero’

Kerry Lawler of Watervliet is this week's "Hometown Hero." She earned this title because of her work as a Lyme disease advocate after being diagnosed with the disease herself.

Kerry makes herself available to those who have Lyme disease and need help with what they are going through and making sense of it all

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TJ created a charity to provide families in need with food for the holidays.
TJ created a charity to provide families in need with food for the holidays.
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13-Year-Old Founder of TJ’s Turkeys a ‘Hometown Hero’

TJ is a 13-year-old boy who is helping families that are less fortunate than his own celebrate the holidays.

He founded TJ's Turkeys when he was nine and has been working to give families in need food and gifts ever since

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Clarence Jackson with his nominator  Denise Montemarano
Clarence Jackson with his nominator Denise Montemarano
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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 environment

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