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  • Gloucester & Mount Ephraim Families Receive Russ Berrie Award

    MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) - The sweethearts of three Camden County
    firefighters killed trying to save children are among this year's
    winners of the Russ Berrie Award for Making A Difference.
    The Russell Berrie Foundation distributed 19 cash awards during
    a ceremony Tuesday at Ramapo College in Mahwah. Winners were chosen
    by a committee of business leaders and professionals from nearly
    270 nominees.
    The top award of $50,000 will be shared by families of Thomas G.
    Stewart III of Gloucester City and James E. Sylvester and John
    West, both of Mount Ephraim. They died trying to rescue three
    children from a burning house in Gloucester City on July 4, 2002.
    The children did not survive.
    The awards were accepted by widow Angela West, and Danielle
    Ruggiero, Stewart's fiancee. Marilyn Sylvester, who did not attend,
    will receive hers by mail.
    A $35,000 award went to retired physical therapist Roberta
    Vickery of Pine Beach. Blind since birth, she founded the Ocean
    County Volunteers for the Blind in 1968 to provide taped and
    Braille materials.
    School crossing guard Frances Jackson of Jersey City received a
    $25,000 award for pushing three children out of the way of a
    vehicle, which then struck her; she suffered neck, head and
    abdominal injuries.
    The awards were created in 1997 by businessman and
    philanthropist Russ Berrie, founder of gift and novelty retailer
    Russ Berrie and Company Inc. of Oakland. Berrie died on Christmas
    Day 2002.
    "Russ wanted to create an award specifically for unsung heroes
    - people who really make a difference by dedicating their lives to
    improving life or helping others," said Angelica Berrie, who
    succeeded her husband as the company's chief executive officer and
    is president of The Russell Berrie Foundation.
    The foundation also distributed 16 runner-up awards of $2,500.
    ---
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    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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