Hometown Heroes photos of 2020

  • The National Guard has stepped in to help with food distribution and testing. Here, Staff Sgt. Walter Ramos fields calls for unemployment benefits at a makeshift call center on April 7. Ramos, originally from Puerto Rico, handled all applicants in need of a Spanish speaker. Staff Sgt. Charles Johnston

  • Jody Case, director of critical care services at Concord Hospital, stands outside the emergency room in April. She talked to the Monitor about the role of health care workers. “These are brave people going in and out of these rooms for patients,” she said.

  • Concord Hospital patient Laura Rebolledo reads a card that Rev. Kate Morse delivered to her at the facility. The cards were part of a coordinated and anonymous effort meant to brighten the day for patients. The cards, for the most part, had no return address. They were mailed to no one in particular, with the words above the hospital address beginning the same way: “To any Concord Hospital patient.”

  • Traci and David Sullivan (left) wade in the Winnipesaukee River behind their Tilton home with family friends Kyle Hennessy and Teya Bradbury in July. Our area beaches and rivers were more crowded than ever this summer as people spent the hottest months close to home. That also meant a high number of tragedies. On one day, though, tragedy was averted when the four pictured above were rafting along the Merrimack River near Pebble Beach in Canterbury. That’s when they came upon three people, including two kids, who were struggling in the water. Hennessy pulled them out of the water, the Sullivans performed life-saving measures and Bradbury called 911.

  • This year has certainly been tough on teachers and parents. But let’s not forget the challenge faced by our students, who have stepped up and moved ahead. Here, Concord High School graduate Hamza Abdulrahman waves to a teacher as he lines up for the 2020 graduation for the Commons B at Memorial Field in June.

  • Students from Mrs. Frost’s first grade class at Abbot-Downing wave at a passing Concord police car in a parade for veterans.

  • Candace Abood of Concord decorated her car with personalized signs and balloons for a drive-by birthday celebration. In the spring as the pandemic set in, Abood helped stage several parade-style events to help lift spirits.

  • Samuel Alicea of Boscawen was among the young organizers of this past June’s Black Lives Matter march from Memorial Field to the State House lawn. Alicea came to prominence locally when he took a knee as a football player for Merrimack Valley High in 2016. Four years later, he gave a speech about justice and equality.

Published: 12/17/2020 8:51:05 AM
Modified: 12/17/2020 8:50:55 AM

In this photo gallery, we revisit some of the images of 2020 with a look at just some of the people who have stepped up, spoken out and lifted spirits.

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