Court TV honors heroes

Courtroom Television Network handed out its "Everyday Heroes" awards Tuesday to some famous
and not-so-famous folks who have performed courageous deeds in the past
year.

Enron Corp. whistleblower Sherron Watkins received an award, as well as
rape-survivor advocate Debbie Smith and seven others, at a Capitol Hill luncheon.

Each award winner was nominated by a cable company or a member of Congress.

Other winners were Lisa Jefferson, the GTE Airfone Inc. operator who took the
call from Todd Beamer, one of the passengers on doomed United Airlines flight
93; Ellen Siler, CEO of Hubbard House Inc., a refuge for
victims of domestic violence; Cooper Steele, a police officer who rescued a
family of four from their burning apartment; Kim Tierney, chief of police in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla.; Jerome Williams, one of the first firefighters in the
Washington, D.C., metro area to arrive at the burning Pentagon Sept. 11; and
John Sleboda and Matthew Domer, two police officers from Montgomery County, Md.,
who saved a family when they intervened in a domestic dispute that resulted in a
gun battle between husband and wife.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.