, Derry, New Hampshire


January 31, 2013

Heroes among us

Two good Samaritans made headlines over the weekend when they pulled a Londonderry man from his wrecked vehicle before it burned beyond recognition. They also pulled the man’s dog to safety.

It’s pretty staggering to consider people risking their own lives to try to save that of a stranger, but that’s just what happened.

Dramatic though their efforts were, they’re not the only community heroes to be found in Derry and Londonderry.

Head to Hampton Beach this weekend and watch a number of local residents race into the frigid Atlantic during the annual Penguin Plunge, all to support the state’s Special Olympics programs.

Count among those brave souls Londonderry police Lt. Tim Jones, Londonderry’s Special Forces team and Nicole Ferrante of the Derry Recreation Department.

Don’t forget the 169 people who lined up to have their locks shorn earlier this month at Londonderry High School’s seventh annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths event, donating their hair to those battling cancer.

Last week, we mentioned a canine hero, Derry dog Sesame. He barked insistently one cold January morning until his owners investigated and discovered their neighbor, lying in his driveway.

Derry trailblazers rightfully celebrated the completion of the local rail trail last year, a staggering accomplishment that took many hours of sweaty work, fundraising and persistence.

Now, Londonderry volunteers are doing the same to get trail work underway there, trying to help complete project that ultimately will link Methuen to Lebanon, 115 miles of rail trail.

A group of Derry residents is working to find a way to save Adams Pond and its dam, citing the historic value of those assets, something once lost that can’t be replaced.

And speaking of history, our own columnist Richard Holmes is a hero of historic proportions, researching, revering and sharing local history, work that will serve generations to come.

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