Words Like ‘Love, Courage, Loss’ Used To Recall Fallen Hero

Words Like ‘Love, Courage, Loss’ Used To Recall Fallen Hero Family, Friends Reflect On John Heller, As 350 Pack Funeral In Foothills Atrium By JIM KEVLIN • Special to ONEONTA – “You spent your last day on Earth saving others,” his sister-in-law, Erika Heller, declared this afternoon at John Heller’s funeral. “We are so proud.” Erika, along with John’s fiance Amber Roe,  his Oneonta Job Corps colleague Kathleen Feeney, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and the Rev. Judith Thistle,…

Chief Russo Playground Unveiled

Y’s Frank Russo Unveils Playground In Memory Of Dad, Former Fire Chief Oneonta Family Y Executive Director Frank Russo, in top photo, is embraced by Jim Sawyer, former Crew 36 OFD firefighter, after he announced the opening of the Francis “Cootie” Russo Jr. playground on Scramling Avenue in memory of his father, a retired city fire chief who passed away last July.  Firefighter Shane Mattice looks on. “I have a huge family.” said the son. “I have my family, my Sixth Ward family…