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Real People, Real Stories: The man behind Frog Pond

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BOSTON ( -- FOX 25's Maria Stephanos continued her "Real People, Real Stories" series on Wednesday with the man responsible for keeping ice on Frog Pond pristine.

Donnie Mooney proves every single day that you can never judge a book by its cover.

Tucked in the upscale vibe of Newbury Street, you will find a man by the name of Donnie, who knows his stuff when it comes to shirts. Donnie, however, is so far from a stuffed shirt.

Donnie is Brooks Brothers by day, and the zamboni guy at the Frog Pond as long is it is cold. It doesn't get more local than Donnie, a kid from Dorchester who loved hockey, but loved when that zamboni came out even more.

"The slower you go, the better it makes ice because the blade stays on the ice, it's an art," says Donnie.

Stephanos says the fact that Donnie loves what he does is what makes him so special. During their time at Frog Pond, she asked him where that love came from.

"My dad was a Boston policeman and just growing up in that neighborhood, worked hard for what you wanted," says Donnie.

It's as simple as that and a great lesson for us all.

As fun loving as Donnie is, he's no stranger to hardships and heartache. Donnie is going on 19 years recovering from an alcohol addiction. He just recently lost his mother, Phyllis, but she knew he was going to be on television and she was proud.


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