It was mid-December when Bishopville, MD Volunteer Fire was alerted to a structure fire with someone trapped inside. Mace, a 43 year veteran, was the first on the scene. The two-story house had fire shooting through the roof on the second floor. He quickly located the victim about 4-5 feet inside the doorway. With help from the local county Sheriff, both were able to pull the victim out safely. His quick actions and bravery in the face of danger have earned Mace our Hero of the Month designation!
Christa is one of many that give the real definition of a hero. She has been a nurse for many years and works in pediatrics. Her unique story starts with social media. Christa turned a curse into a blessing, not only for herself but for a young lady too. After a falling through with the first attempt at donating , She was searching for a new kidney . Due to illness, the young lady was taken off the list.
Ironically, Christa was not just a perfect match, but in fact the only match in the country. Christa had recently survived a house fire and car wreck. She decided to become an altruistic donor in hopes that the donation chain would save more lives. Since Christa was a match, she chose to donate her kidney.
Beyond a remarkable story, Christa is a mother of two, and grandma (also known as “Ya Ya”) of a seven-year-old. Christa knows American Sign Language, learning Spanish, and teaching both to her granddaughter.
Elisa is a very dedicated educator. Friends say she values the importance of reading with students, but it doesn’t stop there. Elisa also helps other teachers on how to make literacy a part of their daily work to help engagement with their class.
She is a problem solver and sees the positive in every situation. She focuses on everyone getting a powerful education, along with her family. Elisa cares about all of her students and wants each one to develop a love of reading and writing.
Donnell started as a history teacher with his current school district, and within the year he became the assistant principal. He has been an extraordinary leader in the school’s restorative justice program, also mentioned in the NY Times, as well as introduced a new program called the Senior Capstone Project.
He led a team of teachers and tutors to complete over 70 senior projects all in a continuation high school where the students were not expected to succeed. He has the led teachers to perform very high and to work with the students one on one for months, including two students that were recognized at the district level for outstanding projects.
Robert is not only a firefighter and CPR Instructor, but also active within his community. He coaches softball, encouraging values such as commitment, teamwork, and hard work. He volunteers every year at the local school district teaching classes for Career Day, Literacy Day, Fire Prevention Day and more. He also teaches classes about safety during storms and natural disasters.
Since helping and working in his community, he takes pride in reaching out and letting others know of upcoming firefighter exams in the community. He shares awareness and helps everyone he can, even if it means inviting others to use his home desk to complete the application for the firefighter exam. Close ones say if he isn’t fighting fires or saving lives, he is a mentor, teacher, friend, coach, or nurse to a young person.
Vickie is a dedicated nurse, and has a big humanitarian heart. Vickie has been involved in many aspects of local and global humanitarian services most of her life. One reason Vickie is an above average nurse is because she goes beyond the call of duty. Rarely does she say no to an opportunity to promote the service of the organization in which she is a part. She has participated in many works in East Africa; whereas, she has organized: health care to villagers and orphans, built (with help of supporters) a primary school, built latrines, facilitated the building of wells in rural villages of Kenya and taught infection prevention principles. She also worked in Haiti after the 2010, 7.0 magnitude earthquake located 15 miles from Port-Au-Prince. Her responsibilities included helping the populace to find shelter and provided healthcare screening to injured victims.
Vickie actively supports and leads the annual February, “Wear Red Day” activities in her community to educate women about heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the US. She is also involved in helping foster care youth of the county in which she lives, to acquire life skills and plan for a good future. Friends and colleagues say she is very easy to talk to, compassionate, and an excellent leader. She is well respected by colleagues, superiors, and her community. In 2014, her community awarded her the Outstanding Women of Silicon Award. Vickie is married and has two sons.