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Mohawk Valley Chapter Announces 2015 Real Heroes

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"individuals who have shown courage, dedication and unselfish character by their acts of heroism"

The American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley is pleased to announce its 16th annual Real Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Utica College.

The Real Heroes Breakfast grew out of a desire to sponsor an event closely related to the mission of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. In the Mohawk Valley, dedicated volunteers contribute their time and energy to assist those in need. In order to celebrate this spirit of humanitarianism, the American Red Cross honors individuals who have shown courage, dedication and unselfish character by their acts of heroism in our community.

This year Gary D. Scalzo, president of Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig, Inc., will be honored with the Michael Cianfrocco Humanitarian of the Year Award for his commitment and service to the Mohawk Valley Community. During Scalzo's 36+ years as a business leader, he has donated his time to more than seven boards and organizations including the American Red Cross, as Chair of the General United Way Campaign and as President of the United Way Board of Directors 

Along with Scalzo, the Heroes Breakfast will honor the following local heroes who have demonstrated life-saving acts of heroism, courage, kindness and unselfish character in their community:

Amy Wheeler of the Oneida County 9-1-1 Center will be honored with the 9-1-1 Dispatch Award for her work in presenting 9-1-1 training and education through public events and her "Ask Amy" section on the county's official 9-1-1 website.

Noreen Matthews, an aide at Sidney Central School, will be honored with the Adult Good Samaritan Award for saving the life of a second grader who was choking during lunch.

Deputy Alicia Marconi of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department will be honored with the Animal Rescue Award for rescuing and later adopting Lucy, a dog who was malnourished and abandoned in Trenton.

Daren Evans, a firefighter from Delhi, NY, will be honored with the Fire Rescue Award for saving an elderly couple and their renters from a burning building while off duty.

Trooper Bruce J. Stoffolano of the New York State Police will be honored with the Kurt Wyman Law Enforcement Award for his life-saving actions after a 9-1-1 call in the Village of West Winfield.

MSgt Jason Rutherford of Rome, NY will be honored with the Military Award for supporting and getting the right professional help for a suicidal friend.

Brian McQueen of the Whitesboro Fire Department, Chief Brian Healey of the Barneveld Fire Department, Assistant Chief Brian Palmer of the Barneveld Fire Department, and Assistant Chief Brian Destefanis of the Deerfield Fire Department will be honored with the Mary Haggerty Education Award for raising public awareness and financial assistance through their Believe 271 Foundation for volunteer firefighters, EMT's and members of Ladies Auxiliary in Oneida and Herkimer counties suffering from life threatening illnesses.

Dr. Donna J. Cotrupe of Clinton, NY will be honored with the Blood Donor Award for her work in helping to organize the NY Mills Community Bloodmobile for the last 13 years.

EMT Steven J Martin Jr. of Rural/Metro of Frankfort, NY will be honored with the Medical Award for performing life-saving skills and demonstrating compassion by making sure the people he helped were safe long after leaving the hospital.   

Michael Irons of Frankfort, NY will be honored with the Youth Good Samaritan Award for administering life-saving first aid to his severely wounded girlfriend until medics arrived.

Major sponsors of the Real Heroes Breakfast include National Grid, GPO Federal Credit Union, First Source Federal Credit Union, Remington Federal Credit Union, International Wire, NYSTEC, New York Central Mutual, Worthington Industries, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Northland Communications. Our media partner for the event is Townsquare Media

Tickets to the 2015 Real Heroes Breakfast are $30 each and are available now. Purchase tickets online, or call (315) 733-4666 to make a reservation. 

For more information, to become a Real Heroes sponsor, or to schedule interviews with the 2015 honorees, please contact Mallory Brown, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley, at (315) 733-4666.