So now that he's a healthy 10-year-old at Craneville Elementary School, it's only natural that he chose Boston Children's as the recipient of a fundraising project sparked by a unique classroom assignment from his fifth-grade teacher, Teresa Bills.
When a teenager fell some 25 feet into an abandoned cistern at Springside Park, Firefighter Mike Marran was the first one down there with him.
He kept him calm and talked sports, he took care of the wounds, secured him into a halfback, and the other first responders pulled him out through a tri-pod set up. It is what Mike Marran is trained to do as a member of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team.
Betty Sacco doesn't get all dolled up much anymore.
The senior citizen lives now at Mount Greylock Extended Care and doesn't get her hair and makeup done very often. But on Wednesday, she was looking good. Sacco is one of two dozen residents who got all dressed up to take "glamour shots."