2014 Real Heroes Breakfast Award Winners

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2014 Real Heroes Breakfast Award Winners

Adult Good Samaritan Award

James Yadlosky

Yadlosky, a truck driver from Kirkwood, was driving home to the Binghamton area on June 20, when he noticed a fire at a house in a remote area of Aurelius (Cayuga County). While other drivers passed by, Yadlosky stopped his truck and rescued a disabled woman and two dogs from the burning home.

Animal Rescue Award

Syracuse Dog Control Officer Jason Driscoll

Last Dec. 10, Driscoll spearheaded an effort to prevent a stranded dog from falling into Onondaga Creek. With Syracuse police officers holding his feet, Driscoll maneuvered his way down a steep hill and grabbed the dog, which was taken to the DeWitt Animal Hospital and eventually reunited with its owner.

Blood Donor Award

Jerry Ball

Ball, of Syracuse, started donating blood when he was a teen-ager and recently received a “30 Gallon” pin for his more than 240 donations. After losing his wife to cancer and seeing both of his parents fall ill and need blood, he has seen firsthand the value of giving blood.

Education Award

Syracuse University Professors David Coryell and Dennis Kinsey

While enjoying a motorcycle ride June 1 on Route 13 in Dryden, Coryell and Kinsey came upon a two-car accident with obvious serious injuries. The professors provided life-saving critical care and emotional support to a mother and two small children until emergency medical personal arrived to assist.

Fire Rescue Award

Syracuse Firefighter Gene Johnson

Last Jan. 5, Johnson was one of the firefighters who responded to a fire at the McCarthy Manor high-rise for the elderly and disabled. A wheelchair-bound resident who was trapped inside and struggling to breathe called 9-1-1, and Johnson raced up eight flights and gave her his oxygen mask until more help arrived.

Good Neighbor Award

Kirk Phillips

Phillips, of Parish, was driving on State Route 69 in West Amboy in the early morning of Aug. 12, when he came upon a serious accident. A man was trapped inside his burning vehicle, and Phillips fought through the fire and smoke to pull the man out of the car and to safety.

Law Enforcement Award

Syracuse University Public Safety Senior Detective Edward Weber

While on robbery suppression detail on South Campus Sept. 1, Weber and Patrol Senior Specialist Stanley Prue were struck by a lightning bolt that carried through their car. Disoriented at first, Weber soon realized they had been struck by lightning and he administered life-saving first aid to his partner.

Lifeline Award

Skyler Walter

On Aug. 28, 5-year-old Skyler, of Auburn, found her mother seriously ill and saved her life by calling 9-1-1. Skyler knew just what to do and was able to explain her mother’s condition and give the dispatcher their address – the two most critical pieces of information in these life-threatening situations.

Medical Award

Upstate Medical University Nurse Shannon Tilbe

This past June, Tilbe was driving with her daughter when they witnessed a major motorcycle accident. Tilbe, of Brookfield, stopped to assist the female driver who had fallen down an embankment. The woman had serious injuries and survived only because of the care Tilbe provided until flight paramedics arrived.

Military Award

Sgt. Raymond Presley

Presley, a truck driver and sergeant first-class in the National Guard, orchestrated the dramatic Thruway rescue last Dec. 9 of New York National Guard Capt. Timothy Neild, who was trapped in his burning pickup after it was involved in a crash. Neild’s truck exploded 30 seconds after rescuers carried him out.

Workplace Safety Award

Eric Perez

Perez, a volunteer fireman with the East Syracuse Fire Department, was working at Planet Fitness in DeWitt last spring, when a 61-year-old man suffered a heart attack. Perez utilized his CPR training to revive and stabilize the man until medical personnel arrived.

Youth Good Samaritan Award

Harry Hausser and Matthew Williams

Cousins Harry, of New Woodstock, and Matthew, of Sykesville, Md., teamed up last August to help rescue a man with an unsecured life vest who fell out of his boat on DeRuyter Lake, about 100 yards from shore. Fortunately, the boys were fishing in a small boat and recognized that the man needed help.