, Newburyport, MA

June 28, 2013

Some things to cheer about

Newburyport Daily News

---- — As the week draws to a close, here’s a few items from the news that brought something to cheer about.

Were it not for Salisbury firefighter Dana Chouinard, a 27-year-old woman would have probably drowned off Salisbury Beach this week. At a little past 10 p.m. Tuesday, Chouinard waded into the waters off the beach and swam to the woman, who was near exhaustion. He rushed her back to the shoreline, and she was quickly put in an ambulance and taken to the hospital. Chouinard certainly downplayed his act when he was interviewed by The Daily News, but there is no doubt that it takes courage and tenacity to swim out 100 yards or so in the dark and save someone who is panicking. Hats off to Dana Chouinard.

Cheers to Jeff Bauman, a Chelmsford native who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings and has become a national symbol of American strength and courage. Bauman, 27, was standing with Amesbury resident Remy Lawler near the finish line when the bombs exploded. Lawler was also injured in the bombing. Bauman appeared at last week’s Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, just two months after the Patriots Day terrorist attack that killed three and injured 264, including him. Whether it be at the Boston Garden cheering on his beloved Bruins or visiting with other bombing victims, Bauman’s intrepidity, resiliency and optimism is that of a hero. He is why we are Boston Strong. He is why we will not forget those whose lives were forever altered by the actions of hate. We applaud him for all that he continues to do to help us all heal.

Cheers to Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics coach for nine seasons and recently named head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. While there’s a lot not to like about how these negotiations went down and Rivers’ silence throughout them, there is a lot to like about Rivers. He will go down as the third winningest coach of the C’s, and brought us back the NBA championship for the 17th time in 2008. For the first time since the 1980s, the Celtics had cohesion, heart and passion for not only the sport, but for Boston as well. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen may have brought the character to the team, but it was Rivers who set the tone and temperature for the spirit. He was a gentlemen on and off the court and demanded the same of his players in a sport where being classy isn’t always as important as getting another ring. Hopefully there will be cheers for Danny Ainge as he picks a new leader for our team.