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Pamela D. Desormo certainly does her part to keep her community’s municipal operations moving forward.

She serves as the Watertown deputy town clerk and takes her responsibilities very seriously. Mrs. Desormo is well-respected by her co-workers and well-liked by those who know her.

But carrying out her duties became more difficult two years ago. She had surgery to relieve chronic back pain caused by a problem in the thoracic area of her spine.

The procedure left Mrs. Desormo paralyzed from the waist down, however, and she has required the use of a wheelchair since then. She needs to have someone drive her to and from work, to go shopping or get to medical appointments, and to attend school events involving her 10-year-old daughter, Haylee.

She would like to be more independent, and family members and friends want to help her achieve this goal. Here is an example of where people from the community can lend a hand to make her dream come true.

Belinda L. Oliveau, one of Mrs. Desormo’s friends, nominated her for one of several handicapped-accessible vehicles being given away by the Tampa Bay, Fla.-based National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association through its Local Heroes program. The group is looking for people who have overcome the obstacles of being handicapped and are continuing to help others.

“From now until May 9, people can vote online for Mrs. Desormo and her inspiring story of overcoming her disability,” according to a Friday story in the Watertown Daily Times. “Four vehicles tailored especially for the winners’ needs will be given away through NMEDA’s National Mobility Awareness Month in May. Supporters can vote daily for Mrs. Desormo, who said she would like to feel more independent.”

This would be a tremendous benefit to Mrs. Desormo in her quest to live an even happier and more productive life. Friends and colleagues are urging people to provide plenty of votes each day to ensure she wins one of the vehicles.

Voting early and often is normally an election no-no, but in this case is absolutely appropriate. Link to the website address ( and promote the wonderful story of our own Local Hero.

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