2016 Real Heroes Breakfast Award Winners

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2016 Real Heroes Breakfast Award Winners

Adult Good Samaritan

David Goetzmann

Eric Marcinkowski

While boating on Skaneateles Lake, they heard screams from a nearby boat, and helped rescue an 8-year-old girl and her father who were seriously injured.

Youth Good Samaritan

Fallon Breed

David Agans Jr.

When their mother had a heart attack at home, Fallon and David, ages 8 and 15, called 911 immediately and first responders arrived in two minutes.

Animal Rescue

Nick DeMartino

Attorney created a Volunteer Advocate program for abused animals, ensuring that victims of animal cruelty are represented in the legal system by lawyers who are volunteering their time and expertise.

Blood Donor

Al Stirpe

He has hosted a community blood drive for ten years. This year’s event collected 181 units, a record for the region. He has personally donated more than 30 units.


Barb VanSanford

Bus driver who was stopped to pick up a child noticed that a tractor trailer coming from behind was going to hit the bus. She screamed for the child to run, avoiding a potential tragedy.

Fire Rescue

Nicholas Cherchio

Nick Wolfe

Firefighters rescued a father and two children – ages 4 months and 7 years – from the second floor of a burning home.

Good Neighbor

Sean Dunlap

Volunteer Firefighter awakened by neighbors screaming for help. Their home was on fire and he helped them safely escape.

Law Enforcement

Trooper Shaun Smith

While off duty, he was swimming laps at a YMCA and came to the aid of a young swimmer who was in distress.


Peter Bianco

Thomas Molinari

Melanie Thornton

Dispatchers all played significant roles in locating and aiding a 5-year-old victim of an automobile crash who dialed 9-1-1 to report the incident.


Mackenzie Heath

Robin Holmes, RN

Sierra Rickert

Cheryl Sickles

Nicole Vanderhoff

When a fire started in a portion of the Cortland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, staff evacuated several residents. Due to thick smoke, some residents were kept in their rooms behind closed doors.


TSgt Christina F. Watson

While dining, Watson was made aware of an unconscious woman in the restroom. She administered CPR until EMS units arrived.

Workplace Safety

Larry Judkins

Lynn Morris, RN

Robert Smith

Chrishell Steward

When a co-worker went into cardiac arrest during a holiday luncheon, they performed CPR and administered AED to save his life.