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2015 Red Lemire Award Winner

“My father was a very hard worker – one who never expected more of another than he would do himself. He was very team-oriented. Playing sports taught him to work with others to reach a common goal.”
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I find it hard to believe that, in a matter of months, we will be marking ten years since my Dad passed. This is the sixth consecutive year in which I recognize my father’s memory by presenting the Red Lemire Award to someone who possesses many of his traits or lives in a manner that would make him proud.  My father had a very positive manner and was quick to give support and encouragement. He felt that expressions of gratitude and praise were very important. As such, I share my appreciation in his name each year.
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Rarely does a day go by that I don’t recall and laugh at one of the stories my Dad told. I make a point to share his lessons, tell his jokes, and mimic his mannerisms. He was a loving, generous father; a humble, heroic WWII veteran; a loyal, hard-working manager; and a man of deep faith. He was admired for his sense of humor, people skills, reliability, and athleticism.
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I appreciate that my Dad still continues to visit me in my dreams. I wake with the comfort of his warm embrace. If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of a Red Lemire hug, then you know they’re priceless.
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THE 2015 RED LEMIRE AWARD WINNER

BARRY V. LLOYD

It’s an honor to acknowledge Barry V. Lloyd as the recipient of this year’s Red Lemire Award. Barry, a Senior Deacon at St. Margaret Parish in Lowell since 1980, has always stood for the same “3F’s” as my Dad - Faith, Family, and Flag.
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My father frequently talked about the respect that he had for Barry because of the spirituality, commitment, effort, and education needed to be a deacon. He also admired the ongoing support that Barry received from his wife (of 55 years) Joyce.
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Many of us who grew up in the Highlands section of Lowell know Barry as a wonderful family man and a terrific conversationalist with a great sense of humor.  We are also lucky to know many, or all, of his six children. (From what I have heard there were eight grandchildren, at last count, too!)
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Interestingly, Barry is a native of Billerica and a graduate of Lowell Tech. He served on an aircraft carrier from 1962-65 during which the first air strikes were conducted on North Vietnam from the South China Sea.  Barry had a brilliant career as an aerospace engineer and retired from Lockheed Martin – Sanders as a Principal Electronic Engineer. While at Lockheed Martin – Sanders he worked on radar systems, medical imaging, smart cruise control systems, and receivers for newsgathering communication systems.
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“In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.”

                – 1 Timothy 3:8-9 (NIV)
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FINAL THOUGHTS

The annual process I go through to make this selection allows me to continue to appreciate my father and keep his value system alive. His service-oriented focus was a strong influence in shaping my career choices and personal development.  Like previous winners, Barry Lloyd is a fitting recipient of the Red Lemire Award because of his unwavering commitment to faith, devotion to family, and dedication to service.
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2014 Red Lemire Award Winner


My Dad, Robert C. “Red” Lemire, passed away more than eight years ago. Since 2010, I have annually honored my father’s memory by presenting the
Red Lemire Award to someone I know who possesses many of his traits or lives their life in a manner that would make him proud.  My father was always upbeat and quick to give support and praise. He felt that expressions of gratitude and encouragement were vitally important. As an extension of this, I share my appreciation via a public recognition in his name each year.
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Never a day goes by that I don’t remember and laugh at the stories my Dad told. I make a point to share his life lessons, re-tell his jokes, and mimic his mannerisms. He was a loving, loyal, and dedicated family man; a humble and highly decorated WWII veteran; a dependable, career-long manager; and a giving person of deep faith, both in doctrine and practice. He was admired for his sense of humor, social skills, unflappability, and for being a standout scholar-athlete.
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PAST WINNERS

The inaugural Red Lemire Award was presented to my long-time friend Stephen M. Morrill. Stephen is a husband, father of four daughters, and a sergeant on the Lowell, MA police department where has worked for the past 28 years. He earned the City of Lowell Medal of Valor and the George L. Hanna Medal of Valor (Commonwealth of Massachusetts) for his courageous response to an armed bank robbery. Stephen was an easy selection for the first Award for his acts of bravery, service, and honor. True to his personality, and consistent with my father’s own response to his WWII heroism, he humbly downplayed his role to a sense of duty.
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The second Red Lemire Award was given to my brother-in-law Gary J. Persichetti who is a fantastic husband to my sister, father to their son, and son-in-law to my mother. He is the Director of Public Works & Facilities for the Town of Chelmsford, MA where the demands for his expertise and response are needed around-the-clock. Gary is a manager who leads by example, approaches each new challenge and crisis with a “no problem” attitude, great focus, and a willingness to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty. His constant effort, professional achievements, and impeccable character, are strong reminders of my Dad’s persona.
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In 2012 the recipient of the Red Lemire Award was my mentor Frank T. Gallo, PhD. Frank is a humble man with a keen sense of humor who is a self-driven professional with sound logical, quantitative, and analytical skills. Frank,
Chief Leadership Consultant at Mindset Matters Group, Beijing, is a highly regarded consultant, a heavily sought guest speaker, and the  author of Business Leadership in China and Preparing Chinese Professionals for Work in the West. He has always stressed the benefits of team sports, the values learned through competition, and the effectiveness of sharing knowledge and experience through coaching.
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Last year, the winner of the Red Lemire Award was my sister Margaret F. Persichetti. Margaret is the primary caregiver of our mother. Though having a family of her own, she balances these multiple demanding challenges. Her focus, task-orientation, energy and organizational skills keep her on track. She is a diligent worker who is reliable, dependable, and leads through example. Margie easily transitions through her many extended family roles of managing Mom’s administrative affairs, providing day-to-day support for Mom or hosting family holiday gatherings. Like Dad, she is gracious, generous, inclusive, witty, and welcoming. She is a wonderful spouse and parent who is dearly loved by her brothers, nieces, and nephews. “Sarge Marge” also firmly stands up for her principles and for those in her care.
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THE 2014 RED LEMIRE AWARD WINNER

 Jeffrey M. Byrne, MD

I am thrilled to present this year’s Red Lemire Award to Jeffrey M. Byrne, MD. For the past twenty years it has been my privilege to have been a patient of Dr. Byrne. His credentials, which are excerpted from his practice’s website, state:
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Dr. Jeffrey Byrne established Chelmsford Family Practice in 1986 and was the first residency-trained family medicine specialist in the area to establish a practice that included obstetrical care. As such, he was a pioneer in the involvement of the Family Medicine Physician with the nationally recognized The Birth Place, fetal and maternal care units, at Lowell General Hospital.
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His commitment to this community earned the respect of his colleagues and the opportunity to teach many medical students to practice medicine and to respect the lives of each of their patients. Currently, he serves as the chairman of the Credentials Committee at Lowell General Hospital.

  • Board Certified: American Board of Family Medicine
  • Hospital Affiliation: Lowell General Hospital
  • Professional Affiliations and Memberships: American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society.
  • Education:
    • Doctor of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York
    • B.S. Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Residency: Family Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA

I look forward to my appointments with Dr. Byrne (well visits more than sick visits, obviously).   He is professional, courteous, and dependable. Dr. Byrne shares his time, and, as a patient, provides undivided attention and makes me feel that all my views are very important to him.
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Dr. Byrne is an ultimate professional and tactician. He is skilled in many task areas, most importantly in my view, as a diagnostician. Jeff’s ability to communicate and to add a touch of humor leave me feeling upbeat no matter how ill I may feel at a given time.
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With Dr. Byrne, it is so much more than the fact that he is simply very good at what he does. His peers in the medical community rave about him both professionally and personally. His office staff is tremendously loyal and admiring of him. Jeff’s strength lies in having no hubris. I think this is the common link that binds his professional success and personal charm.
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CONCLUSION

I could not imagine a better primary care physician than Dr. Jeffrey Byrne. I find the parallel with my Dad to be most interesting. Jeff is a medical healer and a calming presence who provides physical and emotional relief. My Dad was a spiritual healer who had an incredible calming presence during an illness. The healing that Jeff can provide through timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment is like the hug that my Dad could provide – both methods equally effective.
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The year-long process I go through to make these selections allows me to continue to appreciate my father and keep his ideals alive. His generous, service-oriented focus was a strong influence in shaping my career choices and values.  Like previous winners, Jeff Byrne is a fitting recipient of the Red Lemire Award. Through humility and caring, his sense of duty and responsibility demonstrates leadership and kindness.
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 Robert C. “Red” Lemire

“Everyone was always greeted with a genuine, twinkle-eyed smile and a bear-paw of a handshake. He was polite and never off-color. He always gave the person with whom he was speaking a reason to smile, whether it was a clever play on words or one of his corny jokes. No one ever forgot Red Lemire.”

 

2013 Red Lemire Award Winner

  
I find it hard to believe that my Dad (Robert C. “Red” Lemire) has been gone for more than seven years. There being such a strong and lasting memory is a testament to the type of man he was. Not a day goes by that I don’t laugh at the stories he told, remember his mannerisms, re-tell his jokes, and, share his lessons. He was a loving, loyal, and dedicated family man; a humble and highly decorated WWII veteran; a career-long manager; and a giving person of deep faith, both in doctrine and practice. He was admired for his sense of humor, social skills, unflappability, and as a gifted scholar-athlete.
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Since 2010, I have honored my father’s memory annually by presenting the Red Lemire Award to someone I know who represents many of his traits. My father was always upbeat and quick to give support and praise. He felt that timely words of gratitude, encouragement, and recognition were vitally important. It is in this vein that I publicly extend my appreciation to someone for living their life in a way that my Dad would have been proud.
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Previous Winners
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The first Red Lemire Award was presented in 2010 to Stephen M. Morrill. Stephen has been a devoted friend since we first met in college and is a dedicated husband, father of four daughters, and an all-around nice guy. He is employed as a sergeant on the Lowell, MA police department where has worked for the past 27 years. Stephen was awarded the City of Lowell Medal of Valor and the George L. Hanna Medal of Valor by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts because of his courageous response to an August 2011 armed bank robbery. Stephen was an easy selection for the inaugural Award for his acts of bravery, service, and honor. True to his Stephen’s personality, and consistent with my father’s own response to his WWII heroism, he humbly downplayed his role to a sense of duty.
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In 2011 the Red Lemire Award was given to my brother-in-law Gary J. Persichetti. Gary is a one-in-a-million husband to my sister Margaret, father to their son Paul, and son-in-law to my mother. He is the Director of Public Works & Facilities for the Town of Chelmsford, MA where the demands for his expertise and response are needed around-the-clock. Gary is a manager who leads by example, approaches each new challenge and crisis with a “no problem” attitude, great focus, and a willingness to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty. His constant effort, professional achievements, and impeccable character, are strong reminders of my Dad’s persona.
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In 2012 the recipient of the Red Lemire Award was Frank T. Gallo, PhD. Frank was my mentor for the first several years of my career. A humble man with a with keen sense of humor, he is a self-driven professional who demonstrates sound logical, quantitative, and analytical skills. Frank, President of Calypso Consulting, Beijing, is a highly regarded consultant, a heavily sought guest speaker, as well as the author of Business Leadership in China and Preparing Chinese Professionals for Work in the West. Frank stressed the benefits of team sports, the values learned through competition, and the effectiveness of sharing knowledge and experience through coaching.
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2013 Red Lemire Award Winner
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Margaret F. Persichetti
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I lovingly acknowledge my sister Margaret Persichetti as the 2013 Red Lemire Award winner. She is my first sibling to have been presented with the Award, and as my four brothers and I like to tease, “Margie is our favorite (only) sister”. It has been but two years since her husband Gary received the Award and I would like to congratulate and thank the Persichetti Family again!
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Margaret is the primary caregiver of our Mom which my Dad stressed as a priority in his final weeks. Having a family of her own, the challenges of the Sandwich Generation are great. However, her focus and task-orientation, caring and concern, energy and organizational skills keep her on track. Margaret is a diligent worker, who is reliable, dependent, and leads through example. Like my Dad, Margie always excelled at any job she ever had. (She is a retired dental assistant who now works in the Chelmsford, MA public school system.)
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Margie easily transitions through her many extended family roles of managing Mom’s administrative affairs, providing day-to-day support for Mom and hosting family holiday gatherings. Like our Dad, she is gracious, generous, inclusive, and welcoming. She is a wonderful spouse and parent who is dearly loved by her brothers, nieces, and nephews.
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Margaret is also “her father’s daughter” being naturally gifted in athletics (softball, bowling, miniature golf in past days) or other types of competition (cards or board games now at a moment’s notice). “Sarge Marge” can also firmly stand up for her principles or for those in her charge. Most of all, it’s the memories of past fun times (a family vacation) or anticipation of the next conversation (a phone call) that brings a smile to my face because of her wry sense of humor.
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Final Thoughts
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The process I go through over the course of each year to make these selections allows me to continue to appreciate my father and keep his ideals alive. His generous, service-oriented focus was a strong influence in shaping my dual career in nonprofit management and adult education. Like past winners, Margaret Persichetti, is a fitting recipient of the Red Lemire Award. Through humility and hard work, her strong sense of duty demonstrates leadership, responsibility, and kindness.

2012 Red Lemire Award Winner

ROBERT C. “RED” LEMIRE
Each day I revel in the belief that my Dad was the greatest man I have ever known. I feel blessed to continue to laugh at the stories he told, to remember his mannerisms, to re-tell his jokes, and, most importantly, to pass on his lessons. He was a loving, loyal, and dedicated family man; a humble and highly decorated WWII veteran; a career-long manager; and a giving person of deep faith, both in doctrine and practice. He was admired for his sense of humor, people skills, unflappability, and prowess on the baseball diamond.
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Two years ago, I decided to recognize my father by presenting an annual Red Lemire Award to someone who portrays many of my father’s traits. The Award does not come with a fancy plaque or any cash compensation because that would not be in the spirit of what my father deemed important. My father was immensely upbeat and quick to give praise. He felt that timely words of support, encouragement, and recognition were vitally important.
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Past Winners

In 2010, I gave the Red Lemire Award to Stephen M. Morrill, a friend since college. Stephen is a fiercely loyal friend, a devoted family man with four daughters, and, a genuine nice guy. He also happens to be a sergeant and 26-year veteran of the Lowell, MA police department. Stephen was awarded the City of Lowell Medal of Valor and, later, the George L. Hanna Medal of Valor by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts because of his courageous response to an August 2011 armed bank robbery. Stephen was an easy selection for the first Red Lemire Award for his acts of bravery, service, and protection. True to his personality, and consistent with my father’s response to his WWII heroism, he humbly downplayed the situation to a sense of duty.
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Last year the Red Lemire Award was presented to my brother-in-law, and friend, Gary J. Persichetti, for his efforts, achievements, and a lifetime of solid moral character. Gary is the Director of Public Works & Facilities for the Town of Chelmsford, MA where the demands for his management and intervention are needed 24 hours per day, every day. Gary is a great manager who leads by example, approaches each new challenge and crisis with a “no problem” attitude, focuses on the job at hand, and rolls up his sleeves to tackle any project in a reasonable manner. Gary is a one-in-a-million husband to my sister Margaret, father to their son Paul, and son-in-law to his mother-in-law (my Mom).
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2012 Winner

FRANK GALLO

In approaching my selection for this year’s winner, I found myself asking questions: From what non-family member have I learned the most? Who is very accomplished in their field, yet is more defined and respected by who he is as a person than what he is as a professional? Whose lessons do I make a point to pass on to others? The answers all pointed in the same direction.
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It is with great pride that I present the 2012 Red Lemire Award to Frank T. Gallo, PhD. Frank is the Chief Leadership Consultant for Aon Hewitt, Greater China as well as the author of Business Leadership in China. He is a highly regarded consultant, a frequently published author, and a heavily sought guest speaker. (For more detail on Frank’s professional background, I invite you to visit his LinkedIn profile: http/cn.linkedin.com/pub/frank-gallo/0/62a/36b.)
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I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Frank since he was one of my undergraduate professors at the University of Lowell. He became my graduate internship preceptor soon after when he became the Corporate Benefits Manager for Wang Labs. At this time, our professional relationship was forged as Frank and I became the founding President and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Business Group on Health (BGH).
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What began at ULowell and continued through our BGH years was Frank’s challenging me to work to my potential and not “slough off”. There are many skills that are part of my current leadership and management styles which I learned from Frank during those formative professional years. From leading an organization, to facilitating meetings, to day-to-day management, to parts of my writing skills, there are Galloian influences. Frank instilled in me the balance among informed decision-making, a service-centric approach to interpersonal relations, and an unassuming demeanor when in a position of authority.
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I was very fortunate to have had Frank as a mentor. I have written about the importance of mentors in this space and others and emphasize what I see as some of their key traits: 1)They evolve from a position of authority to a role of friendship; 2) The lessons they share are not forced; 3) The skills they teach are timeless and can be passed to others; 4) They are open to your ideas and opinions; and 5) They remain available to you over time and after your formal relationship has ended.
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When I think of how Frank mirrors my Dad, I see someone who humbly served his country, is people-oriented with a keen sense of humor, and is very dedicated to his family (wife – Mutsuko; son – Brian). He is a self-driven individual with sound logic, as well as strong quantitative and analytical skills. Frank, like my Dad, stressed the benefits of team sports and the values learned through youth sports. They both felt that an effective way to share knowledge and experience was through coaching and mentoring. For it was through vehicles like these, that teaching could effectively be done by telling personal stories.
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Each year I’ve come to appreciate the indulgence to recognize my father with a simple acknowledgment to someone who embodies many characteristics that made him the ideal role model. His generous, service-oriented approach to life was a great influence in my dedicating my career to work in nonprofits and education. Like past winners Stephen Morrill and Gary Persichetti, Frank Gallo is a fitting recipient of the Red Lemire Award. With humility and hard work, these “good guys” have a strong sense of responsibility and values – they are leaders by example and in kindness.
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STEPHEN MORRILL GARY PERSICHETTI

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2011 Red Lemire Award Winner

Each day I think about what a great guy my father was and how lucky I was to have had him for a Dad. He was a loving, loyal, and dedicated family man; a humble and highly decorated WWII veteran; a career-long manager for a public utility; and a giving person of deep faith, both in doctrine and practice. He was admired for his sense of humor, people skills, unflappability, and prowess on the baseball diamond.
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Robert C. “Red” Lemire’s humility and sense of duty made him shun many public accolades during his lifetime. After he passed, we learned of unclaimed medals from the Department of the Army as well as regular efforts to induct him into his high school’s athletic hall of fame. Our hometown eventually dedicated Robert Lemire Square as the city block that surrounds the church where he volunteered countless hours and professed his faith.
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A year ago, I decided that I wanted to recognize my father in another way, my own way, too. What if, toward the end of each year, I presented a Red Lemire Award to someone I know who portrayed many of my father’s traits during the year? The recognition would come with no fancy plaque nor cash compensation because that would not be in the spirit of what my father deemed important.
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My father was immensely upbeat and quick to give praise. He felt that a word of recognition was vitally important. During one of our final moments alone together, he thanked me for all I had done caring for him during his illness. I replied that I had learned it all from him and he faintly smiled and weakly whispered, “Thank you.”
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Last year, I gave the Red Lemire Award to Stephen M. Morrill, a buddy since college. Stephen is a fiercely loyal friend, a devoted family man with four daughters, and, quite simply, a nice guy. He also happens to be a sergeant and 24-year veteran of the Lowell, MA police department. In August while on patrol, he responded to a silent bank alarm. When he arrived, he saw that a lone gunman was robbing the bank and had hostages.
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Sgt. Morrill avoided capture, lured the gunman out of the bank, and coordinated foot pursuit. The bank robber fired at Stephen several times but he did not shoot back because he was in busy downtown Lowell and did not want to risk hitting an innocent bystander. The gunman was eventually cornered and took his own life. For his courageous efforts, Stephen Morrill was awarded the Medal of Valor.
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Stephen was an easy selection for the first Red Lemire Award for his acts of bravery, service, and protection. True to his personality, he humbly downplayed the situation to a sense of duty. I had already been proud to call him my buddy; now I feel privileged.
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I’m pleased to present the 2011 Red Lemire Award to my brother-in-law, and friend, Gary J. Persichetti, as much for his efforts this year, as for a lifetime of solid moral character, indefatigable hard work, and selflessness.
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Gary is employed as the Director of Public Facilities for the Town of Chelmsford, MA where the demands for his management and intervention are needed 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. He approaches each new challenge and crisis with a “no problem” attitude, rolls up his sleeves, and gets the job done.
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Gary is a doting husband to my sister Margaret, an example of the axiom that many women marry men who possess the best traits of their fathers. Margaret is lucky to be the only sister of six siblings, and her five brothers could never have selected a better husband for her. Gary is also an adoptive father to their son Paul who won the “adoption lottery” to have such caring parents. My father’s dying wish was that my mother be well taken care of. Her son-in-law Gary has gone above-and-beyond the call of duty in this regard, as well.
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When I was in college, I had the benefit of working for Gary at a couple of part-time jobs. I learned from him that, like my father, one can be a great manager without extensive formal education. I saw Gary lead by example, focus on the job at hand, be reasonable, and be genuine. Gary is a doer, willing to tackle any project. I wish that I were the least bit handy, unlike Gary. When I am faced with a do-it-yourself problem, I ask myself, “What would Gary do?” before my frustrated efforts typically result in a call to Bubby (as he’s lovingly known in the family).
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I appreciate the indulgence to recognize my father each year with a simple acknowledgment to someone who embodies characteristics that made him a role model. His generous, service-oriented approach to life was a great influence in my dedicating a career to work in nonprofits. Like Stephen Morrill in 2010, Gary Persichetti is a very fitting recipient of the Red Lemire Award. With great humility and service, these “good guys” have a strong sense of duty and family - leaders by example and in kindness.