A Look Back at Stephanie's Heroes

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

June 16, 2014

Since February of 2011, CBS19's Stephanie Satchell has been introducing you to many of the heroes in Central Virginia. From saving lives to taking care of animals, these good samaritans and role models have given so much of themselves to make a difference for others.

For her last installment of "Stephanie's Heroes," she's taking a look back at some of her favorite stories that she's brought to you over the years. In this story, she's featuring Dina Brigish, Steve McVey, Brad Kennedy and Paul Jones.

For Dina Brigish, pigs are her passion.

"Potbelly pigs are a neglected species. The local SPCA's and humane society's don't take them in and a lot of the national sanctuaries don't take them in. There's really no place for them," said Dina Brigish, Owner of The White Pig Bed & Breakfast and Animal Sanctuary.

14 years ago she decided to help neglected and abused potbelly pigs find a safe place to call home in Nelson County.
She came up with the idea to open The White Pig.

Proceeds from the all vegan B&B help her rescue all sorts of animals from rough conditions.

While Brigish was helping animals in Schuyler, Steve McVey was out several times a week in Charlottesville. During the summer of 2011, he helped folks stay cool by passing out bottled water.

"We saw a need. There was nobody giving out water and just long lines at these soup kitchens and the people were all thirsty and it needed to be done. So, we're able to do it," said Steve McVey.

During McVey's lunch break, he sat outside handing out dozens of bottles of water all to make sure that people in need stayed hydrated as the temperatures soared.

That same year, mechanic Brad Kennedy of Fluvanna County was also hailed a hero.

While test driving a customer's car on Sclater's Ford Road, he spotted a vehicle on fire.

An 83-year-old man ran off of the road and got trapped under tree branches as his car caught on fire.
Kennedy acted quickly.

"I reached up and grabbed the top of the door that was bent out and the handle and jerked it open and that gave me access to him laying in the seat," said Kennedy.

After pulling the man from the charred car, Kennedy along with a few others carried him up the embankment to safety which saved the man's life.

Throughout the years, lots of teachers and mentors have been nominated for Stephanie's Heroes including Monticello High School guidance counselor Paul Jones.

You can usually find Jones walking up and down the hallways of M.H.S going to meet a student or in the cafeteria mentoring a group of teens during lunch.

Mr. Jones works with all students, but has a special connection to his Latino students since brushing up on his Spanish a few years ago.

Students say Paul Jones goes out of his way to help them before, during and after school hours academically and personally.

"I want them to know that when there is a moment they feel alone or feel like there is nothing they can do, they know at least one person has their back, said Jones.

Jones says everything he does is to help his students and he wouldn't have it any other way.

Over the years, Stephanie has featuring more than 150 heroes.

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