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CELEBRATING THE GIFT OF BEING FREE

One man changed the lives of four others shut away from the world

By Yvonne Abraham
Globe Staff / November 24, 2011
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Richard, Curtis, Joe, and Albert, sent to the Fernald School in Waltham in the 1940s when they were kids, lived desolate lives in the notorious state institution for decades before Vince O’Connell came along, sprung them, and showed them how to be in the world. A story of lost potential, salvaged lives, gratitude, and a long overdue reunion.

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