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NH Hero Awards

Joshua Ford, a lobsterman, was saved last year by Fish and Game Officers Graham Courtney, left, and Dale Gargac as they talk after the annual Union Leader Hero Awards held at the State House in Concord on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Joshua Ford, left, talks with his father Roger Ford, center, Fish and Game Officer Dale Gargac, right, and an unidentified man as they talk after the annual Union Leader Hero Awards held at the State House in Concord on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Hero Award honoree Lawrence Jefferson III poses with his neighbors from Concord during the annual Union Leader Hero Awards held at the State House in Concord on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER )
Manchester Police Officer Barry Charest, a hero award winner with his family from left Carter, 10, Kaitlyn 9, her twin Elizabeth, wife and mother is Marissa, and Julia 12, during the annual Union Leader Hero Awards held at the State House in Concord on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER )
Farmington Police Sgt. Byron Gore, visits the governor's office at the State House with his wife, Jaime, and daughter Keira, 2.  (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Front, Elizabeth and Kaitlyn Charest, 9-year-old twins, pose with their grandparents, Christine and Tom Quirk, at the NH Hero Awards ceremony on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
From left are Trent Spiner, executive editor, NH Union Leader, Governor Chris Sununu, Hero Award Winner Brandon Hutchins, from Epping, along with Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank, NH & VT, during the annual Union Leader Hero Awards held at the State House in Concord on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER )
From left are Governor Chris Sununu, Hero Award Winner Lawrence Jefferson III, from Concord, along with Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank, NH & VT, and Trent Spiner, executive editor, NH Union Leader, during the annual Union Leader Hero Awards held at the State House in Concord on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
From left are Governor Chris Sununu, Hero Award Winner Michael Paugh, from Hampton, Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank, NH & VT, and Trent Spiner, executive editor, NH Union Leader, during the annual Union Leader Hero Awards held at the State House in Concord on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER )
The family of Hero Thai Chinh, from Concord, who lost his life last year while saving the lives of four children swimming at Profile Falls during the annual Union Leader Hero Awards held at the State House in Concord on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER )
From left are Trent Spiner, executive editor, NH Union Leader, Governor Chris Sununu, Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank, NH & VT, holding a hero award for Manchester Poice Officer Ian Fleming, with co-award winners Officer Barry Charest and Officer Alexander Martens, during the annual Union Leader Hero Awards held at the State House in Concord on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
From left are Trent Spiner, executive editor, NH Union Leader, Governor Chris Sununu, award winners Chief John Drury, Sgt. Matthew Embrey, and Sgt. Bryon Gore, with the Farmington Police Department, along with Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank, NH & VT, during the annual Union Leader Hero Awards held at the State House in Concord on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
From left are Trent Spiner, executive editor, NH Union Leader, Governor Chris Sununu, Hero Award Winners NH Fish and Game Officers Graham Courtney and Dale Gargac along with Joe Carelli, president, Citizens Bank, NH & VT, during the annual Union Leader Hero Awards held at the State House in Concord on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Phuong Luc, wife of Thai Chinh, walks up to accept his Hero Award on Thursday. The Concord restaurateur drowned last August after helping rescue his sons, Bill and Willie, at Profile Falls in Bristol. The annual Union Leader Hero Awards were held at the State House in Concord. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)