Upper Saddle River May 27, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 7 Several New Jersey residents were recently honored by the Russ Berrie Foundation for their unselfish dedication to serving others. Individuals who received honors included Terry Carroll of Upper Saddle River and Linda Walder Fiddle, an attorney from Ridgewood. Patient care technician Angelica Mercado of North Bergen was awarded a $50,000 cash grant from the Russell Berrie Foundation as winner of the 2009 Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference. Mercado aided in saving the life of a driver whose gas tanker overturned and exploded. Mercado assisted at the scene of the accident and transported the driver to the hospital. Healthcare professionals at The University Hospital in Newark, where the driver was taken, believe Mercado’s quick actions made the difference in his survival. Taking home the $35,000 award was Kevin J. Williams of Maywood who established the Maywood Rotary Kenya Project to help Maasai schoolchildren. His efforts have resulted in the first fresh water well for the schoolchildren and people in seven villages along with school supplies, textbooks, school uniforms, well-balanced meals, and a library. The organization has also paid for two eighth-grade classes to attend high school. Bea Napier, of Washington Township (Bergen County), was awarded the $25,000 grant for her service with the township’s ambulance corps. In her more than 35 years of service she has made more than 5,000 calls, used CPR to save 19 lives, and assisted with three births. Borough’s Terry Carroll receives foundation honors Cash awards of $2,500 each were presented to each of the finalists, including Carroll and Fiddle. Friends describe Carroll as a guardian angel. She was nominated for her life-long commitment to helping children with medical needs. For more than 10 years, she was a volunteer and spokesperson for Healing the Children, an organization dedicated to helping children throughout the world receive medical care unavailable in their own countries. She has hosted 14 children, nine of whom stayed at her home. Carroll is a nurse, and many times the children’s family members stay with her to learn how to care for the child upon their return home. Perhaps her most selfless act was the adoption of a Guatemalan girl, who stayed with the Carrolls from age two to three to receive medical care and to recuperate. A year later, she returned for another surgery, but her family warned that the child would not survive in Guatemala because of lack of appropriate medical care. Carroll and her husband adopted the child and made her a permanent part of their family. Fiddle has turned tragedy into triumph. She is the founder and executive director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation. She created the foundation in memory of her son Danny, who had Autism Spectrum Disorder and died at age nine from a seizure. Danny inspired his mother to ensure that the lives of adults and adolescents with autism would be lived to their fullest potential. Although Fiddle takes pride that the foundation is run by volunteers, it is she who runs all events, manages the website, and does much of the fundraising and advocacy. The foundation develops and awards grants to residential, recreational, vocational, educational and family programs in the state and throughout the country as a continuing legacy for Danny. The Upper Saddle River Republican Club will meet May 26 in the Powers Room of the Upper Saddle River Library. Council candidates Dr. Joanne Florio and Vincent Durante will present their views on current issues in Upper Saddle River. 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