DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

May 15, 2014

VFW honors Londonderry's finest in ceremony


Derry News

---- — LONDONDERRY — Top town officials, teachers, students and citizens were honored during the Veterans of Foreign Wars Loyalty Day celebration at Hudson Memorial Post 5791.

The ceremony May 2 recognizes students and others who exemplify the best in community service, patriotism, educational success and volunteerism.

Loyalty Day is an annual event hosted by local VFW posts to pay tribute to those in the community who excel through their actions.

Award recipients are nominated by their peers.

Three Londonderry Middle School students earned scholastic awards for their “Patriots Pen” essays through the VFW Loyalty Day program.

Britney Clark took first place, Bethany Costello won second and Joseph Hernandez took third in the essay contest.

Matthew Thornton Elementary School student Tommy Martin won a lifesaving award for helping notify school staff when a fire broke out in a bathroom.

Teachers recognized were South School’s Jennifer Cutuli; Mary Wing Soares, eighth-grade special education teacher at Londonderry Middle School; and Londonderry High’s Rogers Sampson, IT specialist.

Town staff honored included Lt. Jeremy Mague, fire department Officer of the Year; Phil LeBlanc, Firefighter of the Year; and Vincent Curro, Support Services Member of the Year.

Administrative Support Coordinator Steve Cotton was also honored for his commitment to the department.