2012 Award Winners

Law Enforcement

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Sergeant Donald Pina, Providence

Presented by Webster Bank

Donald Pina is Training Sergeant at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls and is their primary CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor for all staff at the facility. Last January, he had an opportunity to put that experience to the test in an unusual setting. Read more....

Military/Good Samaritan

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SGT Christopher Anderson, SSGT Zachary Davis, 1SGT Jackie Hazley, SSGT Christopher Ventura, CWO Gerald Sciamacco, Leah Kasper, George Truman

Presented by NewportFed

When long-time Rhode Island National Guard civilian employee Joe Mercurio collapsed one day on the job at the Command Readiness Center, he was fortunate that several people were nearby to help. When Mercurio first collapsed, his fellow civilian employee, George Truman, First Sergeant Jackie Hazley and Sergeant Christopher Anderson went into action. Read more...

Military (In Memoriam)

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Lance Cpl Abraham Tarwoe, Providence

Presented by Alex and Ani

Abraham Tarwoe was born in Liberia, but political turmoil there led him to flee the country in 1998, at the age of 12. He came to the U.S., staying with relatives in Providence. Tarwoe moved to Newark, New Jersey, where he lived with relatives while attending high school. He was an accomplished athlete who played football for Westside High School. Read more...

Regan Jeffrey, East Providence

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Regan Jeffrey, East Providence

Presented by American Red Cross

Lifeguard Regan Jeffrey was among the staff on duty at the East Providence Boys and Girls Club swimming pool one busy July day. Among the 61 children at the pool was 11 year-old Joshua Adewysi, who was swimming along the bottom in the deep end of the pool when he began to panic. Read more...

Firefighter

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LT Scott Gavitt and Jr FF Scott Gavitt, Jr., Exeter

Presented by Webster Bank

Early in the morning hours of July 22, Dan Lennon was driving on Mail Road in Exeter when he swerved to avoid an animal in the road. His car struck a bridge abutment and became airborne, landing upside down at the bottom of an embankment and catching fire. Read more...

Community Impact – Corporate

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Cornerstone Corporation, Pawtucket

Presented by Cox Media

In the early morning hours of August 13, the American Red Cross was called to help more than 100 elderly and disabled residents displaced by a fire at the Slater House apartment building in Pawtucket. Read more...

Community Impact

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Peter Gaynor, Director, Providence Emergency Management Agency, Providence

Presented by CVS Caremark

Peter Gaynor has created a state-of-the-art emergency operations center in the City of Providence and professionalized operations at the Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). Read more...


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.American Red Cross Disaster Volunteers

Presented by American Red Cross

“I didn't know what I was going to do, where I was going to go. Now at least I have somewhere to start. You don’t know how much this means—thank God for you guys.” Read more...