American Red Cross will honor central Pennsylvania’s heroes
The American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley will hold its “Spirit of the Hero” program at 5 p.m. March 25 in Milton Hershey School’s Founders Hall to honor people in a seven-county area that took extraordinary action to save a life or make a difference in the community.
People from Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, Mifflin and Juniata counties will be honored. The event also includes a silent auction and a fly-in by the Life-Lion Critical Care Transport Helicopter.
Those to be honored are:
- Medical Hero – Clyde Tinner, BS, RN, Nurse Manager for the Ortenzio Heart Center at Holy Spirit Hospital, East Pennsboro Township. While at a restaurant he performed lifesaving CPR for a stranger who went into cardiac arrest at a West Shore area restaurant.
- Law Enforcement Hero - Lancaster Police Force Platoon A, Jason Zahm, J.F. Hatfield, David Rachor, Sgt. Mark Radmore, Matthew Caple, Jared Snader, Sgt. Jeffrey Haas and William Hamby, rescued people during a fire on Clay Street in Lancaster. They assisted the fire company by moving equipment to needed areas, carrying and transporting victims to the hospital in order to minimize the time to treatment
Community Impact Hero – Michael Fitzgibbons, president of Susquehanna Valley Emergency Management Services Training, Lancaster County, taught hundreds of students and teachers in service area of to do citizen CPR.
- Good Samaritans – Millersville University Marauder baseball team, Tyler McDonald, Tyler Orris, Tyler Thomas, Dan Stoltzfus, Evan King, Zach Stone and David Pine, who while going to get a snack on the way to play in a baseball tournament, came to aid of a toddler who went into cardiac arrest, performed CPR and saved the child’s life.
- Youth Good Samaritan – Madison Will, a Mechanicsburg teenager who used the skills she learned in a Red Cross babysitting class to save the life of her mother.
- Good Samaritan – Nathaniel Williams, Harrisburg, chased a purse snatcher at risk to himself and assisted law enforcement in catching the subject .
- 911 Hero – Leonard Lavin, Lancaster County 911 dispatcher, successfully prevented a suicide by talking to the despondent man and convincing him to hand over his cell phone to a waiting police officer, thus allowing the officer to get close enough to grab him and save his life. Lavin is a resident of Quarryville.
- Military Hero – Robert Brandt, Camp Hill, a former U.S. Army solider, is president of the newly formed Pennsylvania Veterans Chamber of Commerce, which was developed when a few veteran business owners decided to establish a chamber of commerce to represent veterans and those who support veterans.
Firefighter Hero – Brian Enterline, acting chief of the Harrisburg Fire Department has brought a community service mindset to the department, focusing heavily on preventing fires and other emergencies and caring for those displaced by fire, while maintaining swift and professional response to prevent loss of property.
The speaker will be Lt. Gen. Richard Zilmer, U.S. Marine Corps, retired. Zilmer, a graduate of Milton Hershey School and Kutztown State College, led the Multinational Forces-West in Iraq’s Anbar province as a two-star general in 2006 and 2007. Zilmer commanded the Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Bases Japan, out of Okinawa, from June 2007 through September 2009. He retired in 2010.
Also speaking will be Joseph C. Becker, the vice president of Mid-Atlantic Division of the American Red Cross.
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