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The American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter held its ninth annual Hometown Heroes breakfast at the MassMutual Center earlier this month, honoring nine local residents who acted selflessly to change (and sometimes save) the lives of others. At top, Hometown Hero Nate Lare, who alerted residents when a fire gutted their apartment complex, shares a moment with his mother, Roberta Garabedian, after receiving his award. Middle, Hometown Hero Sirdeaner Walker, an advocate for safe schools who has become an effective anti-bullying voice in the wake of her son’s suicide, is presented with her award by Earlon Seeley of Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C., another event sponsor. At bottom, Stephen Bryant, president of Columbia Gas, the event’s presenting sponsor, addresses the audience at the MassMutual Center.