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Thornwood Resident Recognized as Everyday Hero

THORNWOOD, N.Y. – Diane Pagan, a nurse practitioner from Thornwood, never considered her line of work to be heroic."I've always thought of a hero as someone who fights fires, arrests the bad guys, or finds a way to stand strong when the going gets tough," Pagan said in an email.The people at the Broadway play "Spiderman: Turn off the Dark" thought differently, as they awarded Pagan as their first honoree of their "Everyday Heroes" award."As Uncle Ben says, 'With great power comes great responsibility,' and our very first 'Everyday Hero' completely embodies that idea," lead actor Reeve Carney said of Pagan through a press release last week.Pagan works at the Montefiore Medical Center, as a certified geriatric care manager. She makes calls in the Montefiore House Calls Program and visits sick and homebound patients throughout the Bronx to ensure their health and help prevent them from being hospitalized."Working as a nurse practitioner has shaped a major part of who I am today, and while traveling throughout the Bronx into patients' homes can present its own challenges, I genuinely love what I do," Pagan said.With the hectic schedule of her work, Pagan finds a way to care for three young children of her own, ages 4, 7, and 9 and notes that she would not be the person she is today without the help of her husband, Angel.The cast and company of the Spiderman play held a press conference last week at the Foxwoods Theatre to honor Pagan. Each month a committee made up of company members of get together to choose a community member who they feel excels as an 'Everyday Hero'.

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