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Red Cross To Honor Trio Of Westport Employees For Saving Co-Worker

Three Westport residents will be honored with the Life Saving Award at the American Red Cross’ 16th annual Community Heroes Breakfast in January.
Three Westport residents will be honored with the Life Saving Award at the American Red Cross’ 16th annual Community Heroes Breakfast in January. Photo Credit: Facebook

WESTPORT, Conn. – Three town of Westport employees will be honored by the American Red Cross for their quick thinking and collaborative actions in saving the life of a co-worker who suffered a heart attack at work.

Employees Ian Chasnow, David Ellis and Joseph Bairaktaris will be honored with the Life Saving Award at the American Red Cross’ 16th annual Community Heroes Breakfast on Jan. 30 in Stamford at the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa, 243 Tresser Blvd.

The honorees represent individuals and organizations that have made a life-saving or life-changing difference in their communities.

“The Heroes Breakfast is an inspiring highlight of the year for us,” said American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno. “The people and organizations we are honoring do extraordinary things. They represent the best in the human spirit and reflect the Red Cross ideal of helping others.”

Other honorees include:

  • Water Safety Award: Brenda Moratoya, of Stamford, for her role in saving a drowning swimmer off Cummings Beach in Stamford last summer.
  • Workplace Hero Award: General Electric, for its commitment to supporting American Red Cross disaster relief work and programs as well as its outstanding philanthropic and volunteer commitment to communities across Connecticut and the nation.
  • Community Resilience Award: The City of Norwalk, for its multiple programs to better support its citizens and strengthen its infrastructure in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Military Hero Award: Alfred Meadows, of Huntington, a U.S. Army veteran, Purple Heart Medal recipient and founder of “Operation Gift Cards,” which has presented more than 17,000 thank you kits valued at more than $800,000 to wounded troops and additional military support groups.
  • Spirit of the Red Cross Award: The Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company 1, in Shelton, for their extraordinary work at a major fire in Shelton, in which they successfully evacuated 28 residents from the building, directly rescuing five of those residents. In the days after the fire, the fire company became a central point of coordination to support the recovery needs for the building residents.

Registration for the breakfast begins at 7 a.m. and breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets online, click here .

For more information about the event or to reserve tickets contact Melissa Fazzio at 860-678-2724 or email her at Melissa.Fazzio@redcross.org .

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