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Woodmen of the World recognize three men of the Northern Tier

"It's something I enjoy," said Tetrault. "If anybody needs something I do what I can. Helping somebody makes me feel good."

Bob Cheeseman of Chazy was recognized with the Community Helper Award, which also recognizes service to the community in a variety of ways, explained Castine.

Cheeseman was recognized for volunteering with literacy programs at Chazy Central Rural School, raising money for pediatric brain cancer research, and helping various other organizations like the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Clinton County, North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross, Journey Into Reading and Mended Hearts, a group that offers support to people with heart disease, their families and caregivers.

"Overall, he's a guy who's just there in a variety of ways," Castine said of Cheeseman.

However, Cheeseman, who also volunteers as historian for the town of Chazy, shrugged off his list of contributions.

"It doesn't seem like I should have it," Cheeseman said of the award. "I don't think I do enough, but apparently they did. I just enjoy working with people and I enjoy helping kids. I think I get more out of it than they do."

"I was very pleased and honored," he added of receiving the award. "I just can't sit down, because if I did, I'd never get back up."

Eric LaValley, assistant chief of the Ellenburg Depot Volunteer Fire Department, was recognized with the lodge's Life Saver Award for his actions during a flood last August which tore through the towns of Ellenburg and Altona. During the event, LaValley was one of several firefighters who worked to rescue a group of people trapped on the south side of the Chazy River bank. When one of the women trapped reached for a rescue rope and was unable to hold on, LaValley jumped into the river and rescued her.

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