This morning I had the honor of attending the 2012 Community Heroes of Rhode Island Celebration at The Westin Providence presented by the American Red Cross and sponsored by Webster Bank. While there are heroes everywhere, being present at this breakfast gave me insight into a few in Alex and Ani’s very own backyard. The event honored fallen soldiers, Red Cross volunteers and unexpected community heroes.
NBC 10 WJAR’s newest reporter, Julie Tremmel, served as emcee, Chief Executive Offer of American Red Cross (Connecticut and Rhode Island Region), Mario J. Bruno, did the greetings followed by Bob Twomey, Webster Bank Regional President. Honoree categories included military, firefighters, community impact, spirit, lifeguard, good samaritans and law enforcement.
- – Lance Corporal Abraham Tarwoe honored in memorium for the Military category for his service while in the Marines
- – Lieutenant Scott Gavitt and Junior Firefighter Scott Gavitt, Jr., honored for the Firefighter category for saving a man’s life in response to an emergency call
- – Peter Gaynor, Director, Providence Emergency Management Agency honored for the Community Impact category for creating state-of-the-art emergency operations center in the City of Providence
- – American Red Cross Volunteers honored for the Spirit of the American Red Cross category for their volunteerism
- – Cornerstone Corporation of Pawtucket honored for the Community Impact – Corporate category for their response to the displacement of residents during a fire
- – Regan Jeffrey honored for the Water Safety category for resuscitating a boy while on lifeguard duty
- – Sergeant Christopher Aderson, Staff Sergeant Zachary Davis, First Sergeant Jackie Hazley, Staff Sergeant Christopher Sciamacco, Leah Kasper and George Truman honored for the Military/Good Samaritan category for reviving a fellow employee
- – Sergeant Donald Pliner honored for the Law Enforcement category for resuscitating a 1-year-old girl off-duty
About the Red Cross: Since 1881, the American Red Cross has been the means by which Americans transform compassion into action. In times of disaster and war, the American Red Cross has led this nation’s response to tragedy. And in the more personal disasters that affect families ever day, the Red Cross is there as well, with the same caring service.
For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has relied on everyday people who make heroic efforts on behalf of their neighbors. Without any expectation of reward or thanks they are ready to help in times of disaster or need.
The Community Heroes Celebration is a special event in that it is a moment when the people in our community that represent the American Red Cross values of prompt and compassionate response by ordinary people in extraordinary situations, is recognized.