Hopewell Valley Emergency Services firefighters Rob Bailey and Matt Peck received the 2016 Award of Valor at the 200 Club of Mercer County’s Annual Luncheon today.

Bailey and Peck responded to a house fire in Hopewell Borough and, while searching the burning building, located an unconscious victim on the second floor. They were able to rescue the victim and, due to their quick action, the victim has made a complete recovery.

Founded in 1979, the 200 Club of Mercer County is dedicated to providing financial assistance to the families of our police, fire, and rescue personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  In 2015, the 200 Club of Mercer County named their awards the “R. Peter Hodge Valor Award” in honor of its late founding Board member who was truly an inspiration for his dedication and support of all first responders in the community.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.