Adam Taj was recognized for his wide-ranging service to his neighbors and his community.
“When we created the Norfolk County Hero Award, we did so hoping to be able to recognize the kinds of residents who don’t hesitate to help out others in need,” said Sheriff McDermott. “Adam is exactly that kind of person, always looking for opportunities to make life better for those who need assistance. It would be admirable to see this kind of spirit in any person, but in someone Adam’s age, it’s simply inspiring.”
During the 2021/22 winter storms, Adam garnered local attention for asking his mother to stop so he could help shovel out a woman whose car had been snowed in her driveway. Realizing that they lacked a shovel, Adam asked his mother to let him use his own money to purchase a shovel, which he used to help free his neighbor’s car.
This generous act was also part of a much larger pattern of good works that Adam has become known for in his community. Whether by volunteering to help students with autism at his school or helping to clean up his neighborhood, Adam has developed a reputation as someone who simply wants to help anyone who needs it.
“I just want to say to everyone that you can help anyone, your neighbors, your friends, and strangers,” said Adam. “Help in any way you can and remember if you do things in your life, whether good or bad, it will come back to you. So always do your best.”