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Heritage Hall of Fame to induct 8 members



Published: Fri, February 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



A newspaper publisher, a firefighter and one of Harding's greatest stars are among this year's inductees.

By AMANDA C. DAVIS

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- Korey Stringer was known nationally for his work on the football field.

Locally, he was known just as much for the work he did off the field.

The hometown hero who gave back to his community will be honored during the Trumbull African-American Association's 17th annual Heritage Hall of Fame induction dinner.

Five other adults and two local students will be inducted during the event, scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 23 in Sorrento's Banquet Room, 2488 Parkman Road N.W.

Tickets are $25. For more information call (330) 369-1479.

The list: Cathy Bercheni, the city's equal opportunity coordinator and a TAAA board member, said this year's list of inductees is a good one.

"There's a lot of African-Americans who have done a lot of good for our community."

Inductees are:

UStringer, a Pro Bowl offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, who died of complications from heat stroke during drills this past preseason.

UMaj. Bob Davis, who works for Trumbull County Sheriff's Office.

UCapt. Orneil Heller, a Warren firefighter who was promoted Sept. 7, becoming the department's first black captain.

UGale Johnson, president of 9 to 5, the local chapter of the National Association of Working Women.

UMike McNair, publisher of the Buckeye Review.

URobert Saffold, the city's first black firefighter who is now a construction consultant in Cleveland.

UMaurice Clarett, Harding High School's senior running back who graduated early this year and is already enrolled at Ohio State University. He was named player of the year nationally by USA Today and in Ohio by the Associated Press.

UKylia Cunningham, a Harding junior. No further information was immediately available about her.

Heller said it feels good to be inducted along with such accomplished men and women.

He humbly says he's done nothing extraordinary, but has made a conscious decision to live a good life.

Golf outing: Stringer's godmother Mitzi Williamson said the Korey Stringer Foundation will stage a golf outing June 10-11 at Avalon Lakes Golf Course.

The two-day event will also include a youth football camp at Harding. Some NFL players will volunteer at the camp and play during the golf outing.

Proceeds will go toward organizations Stringer supported -- the Rebecca Williams Community Center, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Warren Youth Baseball and Warren Little Raiders football program.

Williamson said Stringer spent a lot of time at Rebecca Williams as a boy. He also spent time talking with students at Harding and working with its football team.

"Korey's job was in Minnesota, but his home was here," Williamson said. "His family was his whole life and he never forgot his friends."

davis@vindy.com




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