NEW BEDFORD (CBS) – Rosemary Heath released a white dove into the bright blue sky, then dozens of others were released.
It was part of the remembrance at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School on Wednesday in honor of Rosemary’s husband George.
He managed to slow down DaRosa, who was eventually killed by an off-duty deputy.
“We can only hope that we would act the way Mr. Heath did in the terrible situation that he confronted,” said Bristol County District Attorney Tom Quinn speaking to a crowd of 2200 students and faculty.
“Hopefully if all of us in some way take a little bit of George with us we’ll be better as individuals,” added New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell.
Afterwards, George’s widow Rosemary said her husband would have been humbled by the gathering.
“This is amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Rosemary said. “George would be the happiest person like ‘This is great. This is for me? No way!’”
Students said George Heath had a major impact on their lives.
One said he went “above and beyond” for his students, while another added “I never really thought I would become what I did and it’s all thanks to him.”