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Linda Walder Fiddle Cited as NJ Hero by Governor Elect Chris Christie and the Inauguration Committee

Below is a list of just some of the exceptional men and women who were nominated by their peers as New Jersey Heroes. Although only five of our New Jersey Hero nominees could be selected in the end to attend the inaugural events, everyone at the NJ Inaugural 2010 Committee would like to salute these and all the men and women around our great state who donate their time to causes they believe in and are working to make their communities a better place.

Carl E. Griffin Sr & Kevin Hoy
were nominated for bravely rescuing two people from a fire.
Ralph Venturini
was nominated for his years of service to his hometown of Ramsey, where he has worked with the Office of Emergency Management, the first aid squad and Boy Scouts of America.
Drs. John & Alieta Eck
were nominated for their work offering free healthcare at their clinic, the Zarephath Health Center, in Franklin Township.
Thomas Peoples
was nominated for his work in New Brunswick, specifically with regard to organizing events for Night Out Against Crime and an annual Back-To-School BBQ that collects school supplies for neighborhood children.
Rich Lerche
was nominated for his years of service as a police officer in Allentown Borough and the New Jersey National Guard Reserves.
Career Transition Partnership
a volunteer organization dedicated to helping people in career transition find employment opportunities
Gordon Pete Sunkett
was nominated for his years of service to Winslow Township.
Bill Cleary
was nominated for the countless hours he has put into keeping his community informed of local events and news through his blog, Cleary’s Notebook.
Dr. Sabino Torre
was nominated for his work as a doctor at St. Barnabus Hospital in Livingston.
Charon J.W. Motayne
was nominated for her service to Newark, specifically on the issue of helping to provide affordable housing.
Ronald Charles
was nominated for his career in law enforcement and his work with the Mountain Top Recreation League, which organizes youth recreational activities and programs.
Detective Marc DiNardo
a Jersey City police officer who was killed in the line of duty. Detective DiNardo was nominated for making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of serving his community.
Sir Patrick Allen
was nominated for his dedication to the Children’s Hospital in Hackensack and his donation of time and resources for home repairs to neighbors in need.
W. Ed Griffin
was nominated for his work with the Naval Militia Foundation of New Jersey.
Dr. Steven Marcus
was nominated for his work on behalf of all New Jersey Citizens. Dr. Marcus created and still runs the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System.
Pastor Thomas Reddick
as nominated for his service to Newark, specifically through the Renaissance Center, which provides essential services to his community.
Al Graham
was nominated for his work feeding the homeless in Jersey City and Newark.
Linda Schiller
was nominated for her work founding and running Eleventh Hour Rescue, a nonprofit organization that saves dogs from death row.
Arlene Sullivan
was nominated for her work with the Changing Images Art Foundation, which brings interactive art projects to hospitals.
Cedrick Goodman
was nominated for his dedication to New Brunswick, particularly on behalf of the African American community.
Jordan Brown
was nominated for her work as a social worker and efforts to help victims of domestic violence through Strengthen Our Sisters.
Ken Hofbauer
was nominated for his work as his county’s HAZMAT coordinator.
Linda Walder Fiddle
was nominated for her work on behalf of the autistic community. Fiddle founded and runs The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, an all-volunteer run 501(c)(3) national autism organization that focuses on developing, advocating for and awarding grants to programs throughout NJ and the United States that benefit adolescents and adults with autism.
Wanda Webster Stansbury
was nominated for her years of service empowering women and serving the poor.
Sherry Biddle
was nominated for her work with her community’s volunteer fire and ambulance squad.
Sean Elwell
was nominated for his work as a volunteer EMT and firefighter. He also works with the Salem County United Way, the Salem Health and Wellness Foundation and Safe Kids New Castle County.
John Soares
was nominated for his work with the Ironbound Soccer Club, a youth soccer club in Newark.
Debbie Ashcraft
was nominated for her work with the volunteer ambulance squad in Penns Grove, as well as her work with the YMCA of Salem County.
Kenneth B. Coyle
was nominated for his 25 years of service as a detective with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. He is veteran of the U.S. Army and works with the Jersey Shore Hospital Pediatric ICU Ward.
Phil Molinero
was nominated for his work with the West New York Police Department and as a karate instructor in his community.
Pierce Fraueheim Jr.
was nominated for his work with the Somerville Elks.
Terri Esposito
was nominated for her dedication as the night, weekend and holiday disaster response dispatcher for the American Red Cross, Tri-County Chapter which serves 22 communities in Union, Middlesex and Somerset Counties.
Nicholas Williams
was nominated by his wife for his years of service to his community. He is a retired educator in Hudson County and current member of the ANSWER Water Rescue Team in Neptune. He also works with the American Red Cross Fire Response team in Monmouth County.
Michael Saudino
was nominated for his years of service to Emerson as a police officer and volunteer firefighter. Saudino is a member of the Nam Knights Motor Cycle Club and the Knights of Columbus.
Jeff Gillman
was nominated for his work with NewBridge Services, Inc., a nonprofit organization the works with the mentally ill.
Keith Benson
was nominated for his work with the NAACP of the Camden County East NAACP and coordinator of the Summer Youth Leadership Program which helps youths develop leadership skills and work experience.
Steve Steiner
was nominated for his work on behalf of the arts in Long Beach Island. He has been working with the Surflight Theatre, South Jersey Cultural Alliance, New Jersey Theatre Alliance and Ocean County Tourism Advisory Council.
Gary Englert
was nominated for his work on behalf of our armed forces, specifically his work raising funds for soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries.
Frederick S. Doolittle
was nominated for his years of service to Gloucester Township.
Jane Cosco
was nominated for her work with Operation Goody Bag, an organization that gets young people involved in creating care packages for our troops.
The Three Doctors Foundation
is an organization started ten years ago by Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins. They provide underserved communities in our state with a series of free health, education, leadership and youth mentoring programs.
Warrie Howell
was nominated for her work with multiple charities, including the March of Dimes, First Night Morris County, the Woman’s Club of Morristown and Rainbows-NJ.
Robin Turner
was nominated for her advocacy work on behalf of people living with developmental disabilities, culminating in her efforts to pass Danielle’s Law.
Peter J. Runfolo
a veteran of the Korean War, was nominated for his lifetime of service to his state and community. He was worked with such charities as Make-A-Wish Foundation and Friends of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Diane Gruskowski
was nominated for her work on behalf of the men and women living with developmental disabilities. She turned personal tragedy into safeguard protections for people with disabilities through her efforts to pass Danielle’s Law, legislation named after her late-daughter.
Richard D. Pompelio
was nominated because he has dedicated his personal and professional life to victims of crime. He is an advocate for protecting the rights of victims in our judicial system and has donated countless hours of pro bono legal work to victims of violent crimes.
Cathi Rendfrey
was nominated for her work with the Women’s Opportunity Center in Burlington County, which supports displaced homemakers - women who have lost their primary source of income due to divorce, separation, death, disability of a spouse, or a spouse who has been deployed in the military - and who must therefore obtain or upgrade their skills for transition into the paid labor market.
Dr. Debra Wentz
is the CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies, Inc. She was nominated for her role in caring for a man who was paralyzed after suffering a brain hemorrhage and had no one to care for him. After learning about his plight, Dr. Wentz assumed responsibility for him and kept him from slipping through the cracks of the system.
Joseph Badgley
was nominated for his service as a Corrections Officer in Essex County, an EMT and a volunteer firefighter. He is also a volunteer Little League coach.
Linda Cardell & her partner, Kobie
were nominated for their work with West Jersey K9, a search and rescue team.
Karen Zaledzieski
was nominated for her work volunteering for Family Intervention Services.
Susan Enderly
was nominated for her work as an political advocate and grassroots organizer.
Ruth Dugan
was nominated for her work with Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey.
Mike Devlin
was nominated for his work as President of the Camden City Garden Club, which has built thirty-one new community gardens in Camden under his leadership. Because of these new community gardens, residents of Camden can grow their own fresh food that would otherwise be difficult to find due to a lack of supermarkets inside city limits.