Thursday, October 19, 2006
Firefighter Bonnie Lopez says she was honored and overwhelmed after becoming one of three winners of the National Firemark Award for her work with youth fire education programs.
The award, presented by the Liberty Mutual insurance company, includes a $10,000 grant for Upton's fire department.
Lopez received the Community Service and Public Education Award yesterday in New York from Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden for using her degree in early childhood education and seven years experience as a firefighter to build the fire education program in Upton.
Her fire safety lessons at local schools are credited with helping a student obtain medical help for her sick mother. Fire Chief Michael J. Bradford said he is surveying department members to determine the best use of the grant money.
-- Charlie Russo