Robert Stakem Honored with Hero Award

Robert Stakem, an emergency medical technician/paramedic was recently awarded the Hero Award by the Dauphin County Heroes Grove committee for his record of exemplary service to his community. Pictured here are State Representative Ronald Marsico, Robert Stakem, and Vince Pinizzotto, Chairman of the Dauphin County Heroes Grove committee. Heroes Grove is a tribute to those who serve including veterans, emergency responders, law enforcement personnel, teachers and citizens who have demonstrated their dedication to our communities, the Commonwealth and the nation.

Katharine and Cecilia Clare Olmstead Honored with Hero Award

The Dauphin County Heroes Grove Committee recently presented its Hero Award to Katharine and Cecilia Claire Olmstead. The Hershey Middle School students came to the aid of a 79-year old neighbor who had fallen on ice last winter and lay unnoticed on the sidewalk until the girls came along. Pictured here during the Hero Award presentation are (L to R) Hershey Middle School Principle Erick Valentin, Cecilia Olmstead, Katherine Olmstead and Heroes Grove Committee Vice Chairman Rob Martin.

Heroes Grove Video

Video of Heroes Grove Dedication Ceremony
June 2016


Hero of the Month: Vinny Cherry

Mr. Vinny Cherry was recognized as the Hero of the Month for Dauphin County Heroes Grove. Vinny Cherry is a 2012 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, with a BA in philosophy and a minor in theology. He will be entering nursing school in June 2013 with plans to become a nurse anesthetist. Vinny is the founder of Vinny’s Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity established in 2004 when he was 14 years old. Inspired by his own experience while hospitalized at age 7, Vinny hoped to make the hospital experience less stressful for young patients.

Hero of the Month: Detective Aaron Osman

Detective Aaron Osman was recognized as the Hero of the Month for Dauphin County Heroes Grove. Detective Osman is a graduated from Susquehanna Township High School and later from Bloomsburg University. Aaron has been with the Susquehanna Township Police Department since January 2003. Prior to working for the Township, Aaron worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an investigator with the Office Of Inspector General.

Hero of the Month: Capt. Andrew Dura, USMC, Retired

Capt. Andrew Dura, USMC, (Retired) was recognized today as the 1st Hero of the month for Dauphin County Heroes Grove. Please see the News 21 web site:

Ribbon Cutting Set for Heroes Grove

Dauphin County Heroes Grove Ribbon Cutting Scheduled
Official opening of amphitheater dedicated to community servants

Over a decade in the making, Dauphin County Heroes Grove in Lower Paxton Township’s Brightbill Park will officially open with ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, June 17th at 6 P.M. A free concert by the Lower Paxton Variety Band will immediately follow the ribbon cutting.

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Committee Members

Committee Members:

Vince Pinizzotto, President
Norm Zoumas, Vice President
Bill Minsker, Second Vice President
Mary Ellen Rutter, Corresponding Secretary
Charles McElwee, Treasurer
Rick Flowers, Assistant Treasurer
Christine Hunter, Project Manager

Join Our Committee

For More Information Please Contact: Lowman Henry at (717) 671-0776 or via e-mail at

Dauphin County Heroes Grove is a project of Heroes Fund, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit foundation.


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