LI's courageous residents and good Samaritans.
Rick Spellman, 39, of Manhasset, with Margaret Savarese,
Rick Spellman, 39, of Manhasset, with Margaret Savarese, 77, of Massapequa. Spellman helped save Savarese's life after she collapsed with a heart attack while playing golf at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 10. (Dec. 27, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)
Francine Goldstein, 67, of Merrick, receives an award
Francine Goldstein, 67, of Merrick, receives an award from, from left, AIDS Walk New York founder Craig Miller, event director Shona Borevitz, and Craig DeThomas, a board member for Gay Men's Health Crisis. (March 2012) (Credit: Handout)
Eight-year-old Emilio Pereira, center, got his Christmas wish:
Eight-year-old Emilio Pereira, center, got his Christmas wish: His older brother Lance Cpl. Sigfredo Arturo Velasquez, 22, left, surprised Pereira in his third grade class in December 2011. It was the first time Pereira had seen his brother since the Marine left to serve in Afghanistan in April 2011. Their mother, Sonia Pereira, right, got emotional and said, "These are really tears of joy."

Read more about the heartwarming reuinion.
(Dec. 9, 2011) (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

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Sgt. Louie Varias esd welcomed home by his
Sgt. Louie Varias esd welcomed home by his family and local politicians at MacArthur Airport in July 2011 after serving in Germany and Iraq for nine years in the Marines.

Read more about Sgt. Varias' homecoming and service.
(July 7, 2011) (Credit: Frank Posillico)
Nassau County Police officer Mark Iovino was just
Nassau County Police officer Mark Iovino was just awarded a Carnegie Medal for Heroism for his 2010 rescue of a woman trapped in her burning house. (June 29, 2011)

Read more about Officer Iovino's medal-awarding and his heroic role in the 2010 rescue. (Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara)
Jalen Sair of Huntington Station gets a hug
Jalen Sair of Huntington Station gets a hug from his cousin, Peter Marion, 9, after helping rescue Chris Walker from drowning in a pool. (June 27, 2011)

Read more about Chris Walker's Huntington pool rescue. (Credit: John Dunn)
Neil Hicks at the Great Neck LIRR station
Neil Hicks at the Great Neck LIRR station near the spot where he pulled a 92-year-old man from the tracks. (June 8, 2011)

Read more about Neil Hick's LIRR track rescue. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)
Desiree DiToro, of Centereach, said her son Nico,
Desiree DiToro, of Centereach, said her son Nico, 4, called for help when she fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious. (May 2, 2011)

Read more about Nico's quick thinking that saved his mom. (Credit: Erin Geismar)

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Partnered with Suffolk County's branch of international non-profit
Partnered with Suffolk County's branch of international non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity, Brentwood High School students built Monique Summers, 42, single-mother of two, a home in North Bellport.

Read more about Brentwood High's admirable work with Habitat for Humanity.
(March 31, 2011) (Credit: Screenshot from Newsday.com video by Jim Staubitser)
Kendall Levy, right, and Marvin Voltaire, students at
Kendall Levy, right, and Marvin Voltaire, students at Valley Stream North High School, were 20 minutes late for class one winter morning because of their good deed: They helped an elderly couple, Mark and Elaine Treske, push their dead car out of the driveway and from the street back into the driveway again, so that Mark Treske could get his other car out to drive to work. (Feb. 2, 2011)

Read more about good samaritans Kendall and Marvin. (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)