Allentown News

Published on September 20th, 2017


St. Luke’s Holds Thirteenth Annual ‘Night Of Heroes’

Patients Honored, First Responders and Trauma Team Recognized

Two patient heroes were honored at the thirteenth annual St. Luke’s Night of Heroes celebration, along with the more than 100 caregiver heroes who helped make their recoveries possible. The event was held Saturday evening at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

Dr. Jeremy Hewens, 66, of Milford, NJ, was struck while riding his bicycle on January 7, 2016. He required CPR at the scene to regain vital signs. He was transported to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill where he was found to have a severe traumatic brain injury, a skull fracture, a large liver laceration and rib fractures. His first 11 days in the hospital were spent in a coma with multiple brain monitors. After three weeks in intensive care, he was able to be discharged to undergo intensive and prolonged rehabilitation. Today he lives at home with his wife, Jean.

Joyce Chaya, 66, of Pen Argyl, was struck by a dump truck and taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital on July 22, 2016. She suffered multiple life threatening injuries including a ruptured aorta and ruptured spleen, both of which required emergent procedures. She also sustained a traumatic brain injury, spinal fractures, rib fractures, a collapsed left lung and severe pelvic fractures. She spent three weeks in intensive care and another two weeks in the St. Luke’s Acute Rehabilitation Center. Today she lives at home with her husband, Edward.

For the past 13 years, St. Luke’s has honored both patients and caregivers at Night of Heroes. The event celebrates the caregivers who everyday dedicate themselves to saving lives, and the patients who beat the odds to survive. Each year two patients’ families tell their stories through a video presentation, and members of the trauma team who touched these patients’ lives are recognized and honored for their skill and dedication.

A Night of Heroes hosted 800 attendees, including more than 100 heroes. Key sponsors of the event included St. Luke’s Orthopedic Specialists; Service Electric Cable TV and Communications; Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at St. Luke’s; Jeff Kelly and HCI Group.

The evening’s schedule was as follows:

  • 6:00 – Cocktails and Dinner Stations
  • 7:45 – Opening remarks
  • 8:00 – Video and Heroes Awards Presentations
  • 9:00 – Music and Dancing to UUU and Lucky 7

Special, surprise awards honored the following: Sr. Judith Filorimo recognized with the Martin Cohen Trauma Humanitarian Award, Robert Daley with the Charles D. Saunders Dedication to Trauma Award and Jack Chambers Emergency Department Physician with the William “Billy” Guth Trauma EMS award.

Listed below are the 2017 Heroes Award recipients (listed by hometown):

Albany, GA

  • Letitia Stewart


  • Christopher Malewicz


  • Ashley Getz
  • Anthony Luizza
  • Ronnie Mubang
  • Doron Rabin
  • Rhonda D. Rodriguez
  • Linda Umaru
  • Victoria Villani
  • Humberto Ortiz

Alpha, NJ

  • Travis Conaway


  • Kristopher S. `Matullo


  • Andrea LaBar
  • Gilberto Quinones, Jr


  • Sarah M. Braun


  • Mary Ellen Amey
  • Vamsi Balakrishnan
  • Kathleen Caceres
  • Julia Corsi
  • Marian Holly
  • Geeta Khellawan
  • Shane McGowan
  • James Reese
  • Holly Ringhauser
  • Ellyn A. Smith
  • Shawn Yeazell
  • Dominic Rachiele
  • Karen Lovell


  • Breanna Lucas

Center Valley

  • Jose Amortegui
  • Leonard A. Paparo


  • Rebecca DeLong
  • Eunsun Lee
  • Thomas R. Pfeiffer
  • Dean Tyrell


  • Ashley Cray


  • Donna Clark


  • Heather Assise
  • Nancy J. Eckert
  • Colleen Searles
  • Nicolette Thompson
  • Carol Abel

Galena, OH

  • Ike Akusabo


  • Trisha Sensenig


  • Timothy Oskin
  • April Rose
  • Jacqueline Sodano

Hunterdon MICU

  • Thomas Cadmus
  • Kathleen Honeywell

Keller, TX

  • Jason Black

King of Prussia

  • Geeta Sathe


  • Heather Shapiro

Lookout Fire Company No. 1

  • Dean Parsons
  • James Davey
  • Dennis Miller
  • Allen Jennings, II
  • Matthew Kolb
  • Grant Parsons
  • Kenneth Kidd
  • Brandon Hill
  • John Zeigafuse
  • Brett Riker


  • Donna Drake

Moorestown, NJ

  • Hugh O’Donnell

Nashville, TN

  • Keith Habeeb


  • Laraine Kossis


  • Elizabeth M Bingaman

Northampton County Emergency Management Services

  • Desiree Kuehner
  • Heather Konschnik
  • Keith Knoblach
  • Angela Nale

NorthSTAR Air Medical

  • Michael Carrig
  • Jennifer Hartnett
  • Jason Jorgenson
  • Daniel Vanco


  • Luisa Williams

Phillipsburg Rescue Squad

  • Russell Bogoly, Jr.
  • Todd Reinbold
  • Alex Reinbold
  • Michael Petruzzellis

Pohatcong Township Fire Department
Pohatcong Township Police Department

  • Ryan Barsony
  • Jeffrey Greenemeir
  • Robert Paulus
  • Matthew Radecky
  • Scott Robb


  • Susan Bleiler-Corsi

Slate Belt Police Department

  • Robert Long
  • Arron Flad
  • Shannon Young


  • Lauralee Best


  • Elena Berg

Suburban Emergency Medical Services

  • Jeremy Slack
  • Howard Schwartz

Summit Hill

  • Christopher Rehnert

Upper Saucon

  • Chad Saunders

Warren County DPS & 9-1-1 Center

  • James Oleniacz
  • Mark Snyder


  • Ryan Rambaran


  • Cynthia Lentini

The Night of Heroes concept began in 2005 at St. Luke’s. It was initiated by trauma surgeon James Cipolla, MD, and his wife, Dawn.

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