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John West, James Sylvester and Thomas Stewart III, all of Camden County, lost their lives in a blaze that also claimed the lives of three children they were trying to rescue. Together, these firefighters dedicated more than 53 years of service to the Gloucester City and Mount Ephraim fire departments.

Roberta Vickery of Pine Beach, blind from birth, is a retired physical therapist and founder of Ocean County Volunteers for the Blind, providers of taped and Brailled materials at no cost to clients for over 30 years.

Frances Jackson of Jersey City was injured when she pushed three children to safety and out of the path of a drunk driver speeding through the intersection where she is a crossing guard.