2014 New Mexico True Heroes

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Jan DeMaggio of Albuquerque for her creation of dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses. “The children that we work with through Special Spaces live a life of fear, trauma, and needles outside,” says Jan DeMaggio. “Everything we do is about making them smile, and when they walk in to their new bedroom they forget, for a moment, that they’re sick.”

Chuck Howe of Angel Fire for his work in aiding veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

John Masterson of Roswell for his bravery in ceasing a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School. “The difference John has made is giving the people of Roswell the comfort of knowing that their teachers are willing and able to provide safety for their children, whenever the need may arise,” said Deb Stephens of her brother, John Masterson.

Jim Stogsdill of Albuquerque for the advocacy and protection he and his group provide for children in abusive or intimidating situations. When asked about his dedication to protecting children that are suffering from abuse, Jim Stogsdill explained that there is heartache but they do what’s necessary. “Somebody has to stand up for the children.”