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Franklin Lakes Servicewoman Named NJ 'Heart Of Hero' Winner

Senior Master Sgt. Marie Sheehan was honored by First Lady Mary Pat Christie.
Senior Master Sgt. Marie Sheehan was honored by First Lady Mary Pat Christie. Photo Credit: Rebecca Abma

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — Sgt. Marie Sheehan, an Air National Guard Senior Master from the borough, was one of 10 New Jersey service members named a "Heart of a Hero" scholarship winner, First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced today.

Christie, who created the New Jersey Heroes Program, presented the 4th annual scholarship awards of $5,000 each for post-secondary education or vocational training.

“This year’s Heart of a Hero Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of professional aspirations – from urban and special education to finance and business as well as pharmacology and neuropsychology,” she said.

Sheehan, a neuropsychology student at William Paterson University, develops curriculum on mental, social, physical, and spiritual resilience for the Comprehensive Airman Fitness program.

During her time in the National Guard, she also has worked as a facilitator in the Sexual Assault & Prevention program, which later led to an involvement with both the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response teams.

Sheehan is also involved with 11th Hour Rescue, a non-profit that saves animals from kill shelters and helps find them homes.

New Jersey Heroes showcases the positive and unique ways that people and organizations are affecting New Jersey and their own communities. So far, the program has distributed 40 scholarships.

Sheehan was one of two Bergen County recipients.

CLICK HERE to read about the other, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Debra Cho of Fort Lee.

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