Bound for a Vacation in Hawaii, Lifelong Rhode Islander Says the Supermarket Can Be the Most Dangerous Building in Town
For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2013
Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382
South Kingstown, R.I. — Several flattering adjectives come to mind when you think of South Kingstown firefighter John Halloran: brave, dedicated, skilled, heroic, caring. Now, you can add sexy to the mix. That’s because Halloran has beaten out nine other male finalists to be named Sexiest Vegan Next Door in PETA’s annual contest, which was limited to vegans only this year for the first time. Halloran, who was born in Providence and grew up in Lincoln, will receive a free vacation for two to Maui, Hawaii, courtesy of HumaneTrip.com.
“John is as attractive on the inside as he is on the outside because he has chosen a lifestyle that’s kind to animals, the planet, and his own health,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt. “The more people get to know him, the more likely they are to say, ‘Yes, please!’ to hearty vegan meals, such as John’s scrumptious black-bean veggie wraps with vegan mayo—and that’s a good thing for everyone.”
Halloran, who has a family history of heart disease and a strong concern for animals’ well-being, summed up why he went vegan from his own unique perspective: “As firefighters, we talk about the most dangerous buildings in our district,” he says. “I’ve always jokingly said that the most dangerous building in the district is the supermarket, because I think it’s important for people to understand the number one cause of death year after year in the fire service is heart attacks. … [I]f you move more toward the plant-based diet … you greatly [reduce] your chances of heart disease.” Halloran’s three children as well as several of his fellow firefighters have either gone vegan or are in the process. He credits going vegan with giving him a spike in energy and stamina—two assets that can make all the difference on the job. When Halloran isn’t saving people’s lives, he’s entertaining them as a singer in a rock band. “I feel as good as I’ve ever felt in my life,” he says. “I will never go back!”
Winners were selected based on several factors, including vote count. See full contest details here.
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