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James Heenan of Westville, a volunteer with Verga Fire Company in West Deptford, perished from injuries received while attempting to rescue residents from a fire.

Susan A. Nobleman of Green Village launched the Teen Institute of the Garden State (TIGS) and The Willow Tree, programs that motivate teens to make a positive difference in their communities.

Dr. Anna E. Sweany of Middletown founded Our Lady of Providence Free Medical Clinic in Neptune to serve the working poor without medical insurance.

*Special recognition also was granted to twelve heroes of September 11, 2001.