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Fenton's Favorite People of 2012

Fenton Patch introduced you to several amazing people in 2012.

We met some amazing people in Fenton during 2012. Fenton Patch took a close look at several of them. Here is a look at some of your favorites!

Fenton Couple Has Adopted 12 Children

Early in 2012, we introduced you to . Ben and Kim have children from Korea, Liberia, China and the United States. They range in age from seven months to 12. Some children have special needs such as developmental delays, down syndrome, cleft lip/plate, post stroke and other disorders.

Fenton Couple's 'Miracle Baby' Happy and Healthy after Premature Birth

A routine ultrasound turned into an unexpected shock and little miracle for Fenton resident Sarah Roach and her husband Matt after pregnancy. Roach delivered that little miracle, named Dexter, after just 28 weeks into her pregnancy.

“It’s absolutely amazing. He is a miracle,” Roach, 28, said about her firstborn son Dexter, who is almost 2-years-old. “Every smile is priceless.”

10-Year-Old Starts Anti-Bullying Group at Fenton Elementary School

Fenton Patch recently introduced you to .

"It wasn't good to see people hurting," Williams said. "It feels awful to hear that all my friends have been bullied."

Elementary Teacher Has Served 4 Tours of Duty

Stefanie Roberts sat in her eighth-grade math class at Sherman Middle School in Holly on September 11, 2001, two weeks into a new school year, when a moment in time changed the course of her life and the history books for her students.

After terroists attacked the United States, Roberts picked up the telephone. She didn't call friends. She didn't call family. She called all branches of the United States military to find out how she could help.

7-year-old Helps Save Man's Life

Dennis Charette, a Holt resident in his 50s, who was visiting his parents on the 10000 block of Lakeshore Drive in Tyrone Township, fell through the ice of Runyan Lake after going out to rescue his dog.

While neighbor Cheryl Collard saw Charette and called 911, her 6-year-old granddaughter Abby Diener ran to get help from neighbors. T.J. Farren and Michael Palmer Hillier Jr. were working on a truck in a nearby garage when Abby came running up for help.

“I went over there all by myself as fast as I could and got them,” Abby said.

81-Year-Old Man Saves Himself After Falling Through Ice on Lake Fenton

After ice fishing on Lake Fenton for more than 50 years, Don Bugala is calling it quits.

The 81-year-old Fenton resident “looked death in the eye” after falling through the ice with no one around to help and has vowed to fish only in the summer for the rest of his life.

“I escaped the grim reaper, and I figure I don’t want to do that anymore,” he said.

The Uncle Ray Family is Dedicated to Legendary Fenton Business

Uncle Ray’s Dairyland hasn't just been serving ice cream in Fenton for more than 30 years, they've been putting smiles on peoples' faces.

Fenton Resident Lives a Dream as Detroit Lions Photographer

Gavin Smith has a dream job with the Detroit Lions, but the position takes hard work, dedication and creativity.

Want more? You can read about more Hometown Heroes on Fenton Patch.

Mary Knotts December 27, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Those are all wonderful people. I also wanted to give a huge shout out to Fady Elias of Gatsby Grind. He holds a fair amount of charities at the coffee shop and is a great new addition to the Fenton areas arts and music.

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