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At this year’s Bronx Week, an annual 11-day series of events during which The Bronx celebrates the very best of the borough, Bronx volunteers of the American Red Cross Greater New York Region were honored for improving the safety and security of Bronx residents.
During a continental breakfast and recognition ceremony at the Bronx County Building May 18, close to 30 Red Cross volunteers received certificates of achievement from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
“When I think of the Red Cross and what it means to the Bronx I think heroism,” Diaz said. “Individuals who are out there giving of themselves…. Here in the Bronx, we want to say to the Red Cross “thank you.” Thank you for your service; thank you for your humanitarianism—keep up the good work!”
H. Conrad Meyer III, a Greater New York Red Cross board member and Bronx disaster response volunteer, accepted from Diaz a framed proclamation on behalf of the Red Cross and its Bronx volunteers. The proclamation recognized “the outstanding contributions of the American Red Cross Greater New York Region in ensuring the safety and well-being of the 1.4 million residents of this great borough.”
“The mission of the Red Cross is dear to my heart,” Meyer said. “We provide real help to people at their most desperate moments of their lives. I’m proud to be honored alongside my Red Cross Bronx family—volunteers who give their time and dedication day after day to help people whose lives have been turned upside down. They are heroes, every one.”
Following the ceremony, the volunteers attended a Bronx Walk of Fame induction ceremony where they met other honorees. They then marched down Mosholu Parkway with fellow honorees at the 2014 Bronx Day Parade.