New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - The Red Cross honored community heroes from the greater New Haven area on Thursday.
It was June 25, 2010 and a storm was brewing off the Connecticut shore. Three young lifeguards were on duty at the East Haven beach when two swimmers got caught in rough waters.
Marissa Colley and Danielle Murphy braved the dangerous waves and rocks and helped the swimmers to safety, while Lou Pane kept watch on land.
"They were definitely struggling so it definitely made it easier to go out there," Lou said.
They are just three of the 2011 American Red Cross Community Heroes of greater New Haven. Those whose self-less actions, saved lives. Many folks honored at the Omni Hotel don't see themselves as heroes though, they say they just acted, without thinking.
Like Linda DeLucia, an instructional aide at Church Street school in Hamden. Linda had lunch duty one day, watching over the first graders. A little boy started choking and Linda ran over and gave the boy a squeeze, a squeeze that saved his life.
"Put it down under rib cage, and thrust in and up. That's exactly what I did and it worked I felt wonderful to see that he was okay," DeLucia said.
Some New Haven firefighters were honored for a water rescue. Police officers were honored for bringing a man back to life after his heart stopped in the police station. A mom was honored for her campaign to promote fire safety and the importance of working smoke detectors, 25 years after her young son died in a fire at a friends house. Pat Andriole was honored for her work with the Branford Counseling Center. It started as a helpline 42 years ago, and as a way to get kids off drugs. It's now a licensed mental health agency that helps families, and saves souls.
"I'm not humble, I'm just being what I believe. I believe you see something that needs to be done, you get the right people around you to help and it happens," Pat said.
The Red Cross responds to hundreds of emergencies every year and always needs your donations.
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