Valvo, Wright and Proctor Recognized at Durham-Middlefield Night

The three local residents were honored for their outstanding volunteer work in their communities at last month's Durham-Middlefield Night hosted by the Middletown Elks.


Three local residents were honored on Nov. 17 at the Middletown Elks Durham-Middlefield night.

The Middlefield Firefighter of the Year was Paul Valvo.  A 24 year member also served on the Board of Directors of the Valley Shore Communication Center. He is continually one of Middlefield's top responders and a valuable member of the department.

Durham Ambulance Person of the Year was Scott Wright.  Scott has been a member since 1990 and his expertise in the communications industry has been a valuable asset to the Corp.  He has been a strategic force behind the Town's Emergency Office Center.  He was elected Chief of Service in 2004 and was the longest serving Chief in Durham EMS history.

The Angel Among Us Award went deservingly to Dr. Deborah Proctor who is a Physician and Teaching Professor at Yale School of Medicine. Often she ends up donating much of her time helping patients, pro bono. She started the Free FlexSig screening program and is co head of the IBD Center t Yale.  She and her husband Rob began sponsoring a child at an orphanage in Honduras that turned into over 10 trips and sponsoring over 40 children. She performs many medical issues at a cancer clinic and house calls to rural areas. "Dr Deb" was an instrumental force in creating the Community Suppers. Dr. Proctor also served 4 years in the US Navy as a Lt. Commander and Medical Doctor.

The Middletown Elks Durham Middlefield Night was well attended as folks enjoyed dancing to the sounds of the Benevolent Dictators and emceed by Wendy Manemeit of Durham. Special words were given by both Selectman Brayshaw and Selectman Francis.

Jay Berardino November 25, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Congratulations to these three fine people for the well deserved recognition they've received. Thanks to all volunteers for your selfless service to our communities! As the old American proverb states, "Actions and words are the windows through which the heart is seen."
Sue VanDerzee November 25, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Congratulations to a deserving trio!
Deborah Proctor November 25, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I was humbled and deeply honored to receive this award from the Middletown Elks. I am extremely grateful to all those people who have helped me, donated their time and services, prayed for me, accompanied me, and generally put up with me over the years! And yes, many congratulations to Paul and Scott - I'm honored to even be in the same photo with them!!!


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