Award Winners 2013

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Acts

  • Law Enforcement
  • Officers Cornelius J. Carmody and Scott Meikle
  • Richard Dunn
  • Shaileen Morton
  • David Rivera, John Carrano, Michael Cantrell, Fabio Pereira and Eliud Henry II
  • Military
  • Petty Officer Charles Barlow
  • Petty Officer 1st Class Jared Bradovich
  • First Class Micah Welintukonis
  • Firefighters
  • Captain Frank Bridge
  • Jaime Polite
  • Police Officer Dan Ehret, Firefighter Joseph Maida & Firefighter William O’Connell
  • Good Samaritan
  • Rashidah and Jonathan Dorvil (Youth)
  • Darby Hogan (Youth)
  • Zack Ligham (Youth)
  • Jim Carolan, Vincent Giacomazza, John Pierce, Peter Porrazo and Brian Stanton
  • Robert Kitch
  • Colleen Porricelli
  • Community Impact
  • George Ducanic
  • State Representative Brandon McGee
  • Julia Maurer (Youth)
  • Lindsey Morton, Kelly Niznansky and Katie Boland
  • Firefighters Donna Sanford and Harry Segerstrom, Sr.
  • Lieutenant Lionel Thompson
  • Water Safety
  • Cheryl Ann Hansen
  • Medical
  • Dr. Abdelmonim Affany; Scott Brennan, RN; Joseph Halkowicz, RN; and Joe Laveneziana
  • Spirit of the Red Cross
  • American Red Cross Apheresis Blood Donors
  • Animal Rescue
  • Duke Brousseau and the Brousseau Family
  • Stacey Golub, DVM

Law Enforcement

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Officers Cornelius J. Carmody and Scott Meikle

Last December, two Norwich police officers were among the first to arrive at the scene of a house fire and soon learned from one of the occupants that a family member was still inside on the second floor. Officers Carmody and Meikle took decisive action that would put them both at risk, but ultimately saved the life of a young man trapped in the home. Read more...

Sponsor: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield


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Richard Dunn

A career law enforcement official, Richard Dunn, has received American Red Cross training in CPR, AED and First Aid on many occasions, but the most recent training he received was very timely. With his training fresh in his mind, Dunn, a security officer with the Department of Homeland Security, was able to save his son’s life. Read Richard's story...

Sponsor: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield


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Shaileen Morton

One evening last November, Milford 911 Dispatcher Shaileen Morton took a call that would require her to use all her training, compassion and composure to help save a life. Read more...

Sponsor: People’s United Bank


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David Rivera, John Carrano, Michael Cantrell, Fabio Pereira and Eliud Henry II

Teamwork and bravery helped to bring a swift conclusion to a frightening and deadly drive-by shooting in Bridgeport. Working together, acting quickly and acting without regard for their own safety, five police officers were able to apprehend murder suspects before they could escape and potentially commit other crimes. Read more...

Sponsor: Webster Bank

Military

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Petty Officer Charles Barlow

On November 4 of last year, Petty Officer Charles Barlow was driving along Route 164 in Preston, Connecticut, when he encountered a passenger bus in distress. Smoke was pouring from the rear of the bus as it came to a stop on the side of the road. Barlow pulled to the shoulder behind the bus and turned on his car’s emergency flashers. Read more...

Sponsor: Webster Bank


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Petty Officer 1st Class Jared Bradovich

On November 2, 2012, Petty Officer Jared Bradovich, serving on the submarine USS Annapolis, saved the life of a civilian employee performing maintenance on the boat at General Dynamics Electric Boat. Read more...

Sponsor: O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.


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First Class Micah Welintukonis

Sergeant First Class Micah Welintukonis of Coventry was a volunteer EMT at the Somers Fire Department before deploying to Afghanistan in 2012.

He was no stranger to dangerous deployments. Having served in the Army since 1994 and transferring to the Army National Guard in 2001 and the Army Reserve in 2007, Micah has deployed to Kosovo in 1999, to Iraq in 2004 and most recently to Afghanistan in 2012. Read more...

Sponsor: Wells Fargo

Firefighters

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Captain Frank Bridge

Responding to a multi-unit building fire on Main Street in February of last year, Bridgeport Fire Captain Frank Bridge was among the first firefighters on the scene. Soon after residents noticed the fire, it became intense. Many residents of the 29 unit structure rushed to alert neighbors and flee the building as the fire grew. Read more...

Sponsor: Wells Fargo


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Jaime Polite

To his nominator, New Haven Acting Fire Marshal Faustino Lopez, Jaime Polite is the personification of the term “hero” and he describes it this way: Heartfelt Extraordinary Responsibility to Others. Read more....

Sponsor: Wells Fargo


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Police Officer Dan Ehret, Firefighter Joseph Maida and Firefighter William O’Connell

When a power boat crashed in Stamford Harbor in the late night hours of July 22, 2012, Stamford Firefighters Joseph Maida and William O’Connell and Darien Police Officer Dan Ehret soon found themselves part of a complicated and dangerous rescue attempt. Read more....

Sponsor: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Good Samaritan

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Rashidah and Jonathan Dorvil (Youth)

Quick thinking and training in CPR techniques helped Jonathan and Rashidah Dorvil save the life of their baby brother. Jonathan and Rashidah are both students in the Stamford schools. Through separate programs in school, CPR training was part of their education. Rashidah became certified in September 2010; Jonathan was trained and certified in spring 2011. Read more....

Sponsor: Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C.


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Darby Hogan (Youth)

Last October, Darby Hogan saved the life of a young man. Hogan was at home when calls for help outside caught her attention. Running out of her house, she came upon a young man unconscious and not breathing. Read more...

Sponsor: Mohegan Sun


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Zack Ligham (Youth)

When his mother began to choke, Zack Ligham remained calm but immediately went into action.

Zack was home with his mother when she began to choke on a piece of lettuce. While his sister called 911, Zack began to assist his mother, putting into practice the CPR and First Aid training he had received when he was 10. Read more....

Sponsor: UIL Holdings Corporation


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Jim Carolan, Vincent Giacomazza, John Pierce, Peter Porrazo and Brian Stanton

Faced with a terrifying emergency, five men took quick action to help a stranger. The men were at a Fairfield Little League game on September 6 of last year.

Carolan is a team manager, Giacomazza and Porrazzo are coaches. The men were with their middle school teams at a game in Tunxis Hill Park when a vehicle in a nearby parking lot burst into flames. The fire was sudden and intense, blowing out the vehicle’s windows. As the men, their teams and parents watched in horror, a burning man ran from the vehicle. Read more...

Sponsor: UIL Holdings Corporation


heroes

Robert Kitch

Kitch, now a sophomore at the University of Connecticut, was a freshman on the way back to his dorm from dinner one January night in 2012 when he witnessed a three-car accident on North Eagleville Road. At first thinking it a minor accident, Kitch was planning to cross the street and keep walking when he noticed that only two of the three drivers had exited their vehicles and that one engine was revving significantly. Read more...

Sponsor: Mohegan Sun


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Colleen Porricelli

Having the skills to respond in an emergency can help to keep you calm under pressure. And it was an extra measure of dedication that led Colleen Porricelli to get the training she used to save a life on November 7 of last year at the Fawn Hollow Elementary School in Monroe. Read more...

Sponsor: Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway

Community Impact

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George Ducanic

Giving back is a full time job for George Ducanic. The Korean War veteran and retired businessperson has been changing lives in southwestern Fairfield County for decades.

Ducanic’s service covers all ages and interests. From children to senior citizens, Ducanic helps to meet needs and strengthen communities. Read more...

Sponsor: GE


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State Representative Brandon McGee

State Representative Brandon McGee is a freshman legislator, but no stranger to public service. He is a member or leader of numerous community organizations with a focus on mentoring, character building, economic development and civic participation. Read more...

Sponsor: The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.


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Julia Maurer (Youth)

Julia Maurer is setting the bar high at an early age when it comes to making a difference. Last summer, she traveled with her mother to Kenya, where she worked for 10 days as part of an international Habitat for Humanity team building a house in the Eldama Ravine. Read more...

Sponsor: Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, Inc.


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Lindsey Morton, Kelly Niznansky and Katie Boland

When Hurricane Sandy struck Connecticut in October, many communities were devastated. Homes were lost, property was damaged and people were without power for many days. While the American Red Cross and other organizations stepped in with assistance in sheltering, feeding and other needs, there was such significant damage that much more could be done to help communities recover. Read more...

Sponsor: Sound View Community Media


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Firefighters Donna Sanford and Harry Segerstrom, Sr.

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Two volunteers with the Baltic Fire Engine Company #1 in the Town of Sprague are changing and saving lives not only as firefighters, but through their dedication and commitment to enriching the lives of seniors in their community. Read more...

Sponsor: Connecticut Natural Gas


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Lieutenant Lionel Thompson

We all know that firefighters are heroes for rushing to a scene and extinguishing a fire, potentially saving property and lives. They are often called upon to rush into dangerous or potentially deadly situations and are many times required to make daring rescues. Read more...

Sponsor: Travelers

Water Safety

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Cheryl Ann Hansen

Invited by his aunt to spend the day at Misquamicut Beach in Rhode Island, 15 year-old Anthony Masi checked first with his mother, who warned him about strong riptides and told him not to swim too far out. Read more...

Sponsor: Webster Bank

Medical

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Dr. Abdelmonim Affany; Scott Brennan, RN; Joseph Halkowicz, RN; and Joe Laveneziana

Quick action, compassionate response and teamwork undoubtedly saved a life when four people worked together to help a suicidal person poised to jump from the top of a parking garage at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport. Read more...

Sponsor: People’s United Bank

Spirit of the Red Cross

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American Red Cross Apheresis Blood Donors

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When an accident victim, a new mother, a cancer patient or so many others need lifesaving blood, the Red Cross is there to provide it. And the Red Cross is able to do that only because of the volunteer donors who step forward to give the gift of life. Read more...

Sponsor: American Red Cross Connecticut Blood Services Region

Animal Rescue

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Duke Brousseau and the Brousseau Family

The Brousseau family of Portland adopted a shelter dog several years ago. When they took Duke into their family, they thought he’d make a nice addition, but never imagined he would someday repay their kindness by saving a life. Read more....

Sponsor: ConnectiCare, Inc. & Affiliates


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Stacey Golub, DVM

Stacey Golub, an equine veterinarian from East Hampton, did not set out to become a hero. The work she has undertaken to save draft horses from slaughter and which led to the creation of Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue came upon her gradually. Read more...

Sponsor: Mohegan Sun