Meet Our 2017 Heroes

Animal Rescue - Elaine Walker
Elaine Walker has made it a priority to ensure that pets have a safe spot to stay during disasters. Her mobile “F.E.R. Waggin” is able to travel to impacted areas to house pets in time of need.

Blood Donor - Peter Reif
Peter Reif donated blood for the first time in 1987. At last count, he has donated 146 pints, or more than 18 gallons, of blood. Each donated pint can save up to three lives.

Fire Rescue - Glenn Davis
Glenn Davis has served Avoca Hose Company No. 1 for more than 50 years, including several years as chief and currently as treasurer. He has also been a village board member and mayor, and now donates his time to The Ramps Guys.

Good Samaritan (Adult) - Terry Rhodes
Terry Rhodes performed CPR on a man who collapsed. He called 9-1-1 and continued CPR until first responders arrived.

Good Samaritan (Youth) - Center Street Elementary School
Jordan Sheehan, Jocelyn Capener, Mickenzie Gryska, MayAnna Sindlinger, Emily Overly, Paislie White, Maddox Harvey, Sofia Andrus, Adrianna Calbi.

Members of the “Pint Size Heroes” initiative teamed up with the American Red Cross to offer a helping hand during a blood drive. As part of their “Pint Size Heroes” initiative, the students helped distribute snacks and water to blood donors.

Law Enforcement - Sgt. Vincent Fanzo and Kristopher Kester
While on a security tour, Steuben County Corrections Officer Kristopher Kester noticed an unresponsive inmate lying on the floor. Sgt. Vincent Fanzo responded to Kester’s call for assistance. They administered CPR to restore the inmate’s pulse, and then applied oxygen until an ambulance crew arrived.

Lifeline - Scott Flora and Jared VanKouwenberg
Scott Flora and Jared VanKouwenberg assisted a seriously injured man whose car had plunged into Lake Ontario. They removed the man from the icy shoreline, and placed him into a warm vehicle and covered him until help arrived.

Military - Sherry and Kent Skeens
Their son U.S. Army Spec. Ryan Jayne was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. In his memory, Sherry and Kent, along other members of the Skeens family, created “Ryan’s Christmas Family” to provide gifts to families in need.

Workplace Safety - James Barlow, Danny Dean and Steve Wilkinson
The employees of Gunlocke provided CPR and administered an AED to help revive a coworker who was in distresses. Following the incident, they inspired other employees to become certified in CPR/AED. They also convinced Gunlocke to invest in additional AEDs.