Gus Catalano thought he was just doing his job when he helped save a toddlers life last year. But for the family of that 18-month-old child, the EMT was nothing short of a hero.
Catalano was one of eight people that were recently honored with a Red Cross Everyday Hero Award by the American Red Cross of Lackawanna County (recently) for providing extraordinary service to others and saving lives.
The Red Cross Everyday Hero Awards were presented on October 16 at Genetti Manor in Dickson City. Approximately 150 people attended the breakfast, including master of ceremonies Dave DeCosmo of ECTV and honorary chairs Congressman Matthew Cartwright and Attorney Marian Munley Cartwright.
The Red Cross Everyday Hero Awards honor everyday people who go unrecognized for courageous and selfless deeds. Awards are issued in six categories: community service, corporate good citizen, law enforcement, emergency services, and animal rescue.
The 2013 Red Cross Everyday Hero Honorees are:
Mary Marrara - Community Service Award
Marrara was honored for her sense of community, philanthropy, and volunteerism.
Steve Kepic - Corporate Good Citizen Award
Kepic, owner of Quality Served Fast, the local Wendy's franchise, was honored for his support of the American Red Cross and his efforts on behalf of getting foster children adopted.
Dunmore Assistant Fire Chief Robert Dee - Law Enforcement Hero Award
Dee was honored for his role in rescuing an 18-month-old child who had fallen into a water-filled storm drain
Paramedic Robert Rutkowski and EMT Gus Catalano - Medical Hero Award
Rutkowski and Catalano were honored for their efforts in reviving the 18-month-old child who had been rescued from a water-filled storm drain
Officer Brian Munley (Archbald Borough) - Law Enforcement Hero Award
Munley was honored for using CPR and an automated external defibrillator to revive a woman who wasn't breathing
Geisinger CMC Life Flight - Emergency Services Hero Award
Geisinger CMC Life Flight was honored for saving lives on an almost daily basis
Red Cross Volunteer James Beavers - Animal Rescue Hero Award
Beavers was honored for resuscitating two dogs that had suffered smoke inhalation in a structure fire