The Citizen. Auburn, New York
People Who Make A Difference
Monday, February 27, 2006
I would like to nominate Nellie Keogan for your "Peo-
ple Who Make a Difference" contest. Nellie is my son's
grandmother, and someone who is very special in both our
lives, and has been for many years. Bad choices, and bad
situations, Jared and I ended up at a crossroads with noth-
ing. With no money, no place to live, Nellie took us in and
gave us a place to stay. She babysat Jared while I worked.
She listened to me when I needed to be heard, and she
guided me when I needed to be guided.
When we moved out on our own and didn't have any-
thing, Nellie once again came to our rescue and provided us
with the furniture and the food we desperately needed.
Though she doesn't have to help us any longer, she still
does, she goes out of her way to give Jared those extra
things I cannot. There hasn't been the start of school with-
out a trip to the mall for not one but 2 pair of sneakers each
and every year. She helped Jared when a trip to the emer-
gency room was more serious than I could deal with. She
never hesitates to help us when we ask.
Though we've had our share of ups and downs, she
knows I'll always think of her more as a mother than just a
friend, and there is no way I can ever thank her for all that
she has done for Jared and I.
I can't ever thank you enough Nellie, for being the moth-
er, the grandmother and the friend everyone should have access
to. We love you and you will always be an important part
of our lives.
You are, and always will be our guardian
Ms. Muldoon, as the leader of The
Extended School Day Program for Gene-
see Street Elementary, has provided aca-
demically and financially challenged chil-
dren to extend their horizons within our
community. The children are provided
extra help academically, but are provided
even more with her special in-house pro-
grams. The children participate in Chess
Club, Spelling Bee Club, Soccer, Cheer-
leading, Dance, Theme Food Preparation
and other various activities that allow them
to broaden their understanding of the world
She has spent countless hours in preparation for the chil-
dren to explore the local area. Many of these children
would have never been able to participate in so much with-
out such a caring person. Susan truly believes that our cit-
izens of tomorrow, are in our classrooms today. She easi-
ly knows all "her" children in attendance in the programs and
readily ensures that they are the model students of her pro-
For "Sue", this is not a job, but an adventure in encour-
aging our children to be the best possible person in our
I worked with this gentleman at a private ambulance
company for about 5 years and he also is employed at Rural
Metro Ambulance. He has Touched so many peoples lives
that i couldn't explain it in 300 words it would take a book.
He is the most compassionate person that i have ever had
the pleasure of knowing. He would do anything in his power
to save someones life day or night. he is a paramedic but his
compassion and caring for others is what saves lives. He
has suffered a heart attack and a stroke about 3 years ago
but that nor anything else will stop this wonderful man from
saving peoples lives. Auburn, Cayuga County County, and
the surrounding areas are very lucky to have a man like
Harry Lynn to come to their aid.