8th Annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast recognizes 57 local heroes

The American Red Cross, Cape Cod and Islands Chapter honored 57 local heroes in 32 award categories at the 8th Annual Heroes breakfast on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, MA. The event had over 500 attendees who battled the snow and sleet to be present.

The complete list of heroes and categories is as follows:


  • Bourne Fire Dept – Lt. Martin Greene, Lt. David Pelonzi, Firefighter Thomas Simpson, Firefighter Shawn Silva and Firefighter Matthew Weston
  • Sandwich Fire Dept – Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Goodwin of East Sandwich and Firefighter Daniel Brun of Sandwich

Law Enforcement

  • Provincetown Police Officers: Ryan Peters, Geoffrey Pavao and Carrie Lopes

911 Dispatch

  • Sgt. Jon Drew


  • Firefighter/Paramedic Thomas Gould of Harwich

Medical Good Samaritan

  • TSGT Paul Riordon

Adult Good Samaritan (21 yrs of age and older)

  • Danette Gonsalves of East Harwich, Rene Ballew and Bonnie Ashcroft of Harwich
  • Joseph Brancaccio of Cotuit
  • Thomas Kelliher, John Long, Adam Thomas & Jeff Tribou of Lawrence Jr. High School

Good Samaritans Father/daughter

  • Michael and Erin Hallam of Bourne

Good Samaritan/Business

  • Pizza's by Evan, Owner Ronald Lopes of Sandwich

Military – Combat

  • US Marine Corps Corporal Nicholas Xiarhos of Yarmouth

Military – Mentor/Role Model

  • Christian Fiore II of Sandwich

Military – Sea Rescue/Medical Rescue

  • USCG Air Station Crews 6011 members LCDR Doug Atkins, LT Mike Snyder, AMT3 Nick Davenport and AST2 Derick Ansley and USCG Air Station Crew members 6025 LTJG Corey Boudreau, USCG; Copilot: LT Mike Snyder, USCG; Flight Mechanic: AET3 Joshua Shaffer, USCG; and Rescue Swimmer: AST3 John Brennan, USCG

Animal Hero

  • Holly Rogers of West Barnstable

Environmental Hero

  • Stan Kaczynski of Yarmouth

Community Impact

  • Norm LaPrade of Osterville

Community Service

  • Rev. Bruce and Caroline Smith of Hyannis


  • Richard Todd of South Yarmouth

Individual with Disability Mentor/Role Model

  • Frances McLaughlin of East Harwich

Adult Mentor/Role Model

  • Anthony Higgins of Yarmouth Port
  • Nancy Wentzel-Johnson of Hyannis

Mentor/Role Model to Youth

  • Tim Acton of Centerville
  • Stephen Daley of South Dennis

Swim Rescue/Life Saving

  • Anne Desmond of East Walpole, Eric Gatchell of East Falmouth and Erik “Gus” Nicholson of Falmouth

Sea Rescue

  • Nils Carder of Yarmouth Port and Barnstable Firefighters Acting Dept Chief Richard Pfautz; Lieutenant Stephen Iacovelli; Firefighter Brian Cabral and Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Mailloux

Diversity Hero

  • 102d Intelligence Wing

American Red Cross Community Service

  • Deputy Chief Robert Kelleher of South Yarmouth

American Red Cross Blood Donor Achievement

  • Paul McBride of Yarmouth Port

American Red Cross Volunteer Achievement

  • Jonathan O’Neil of Hyannis

American Red Cross Community Service

  • Richard Brothers of Chatham

American Red Cross Leadership Achievement

  • Judy Walden Scarafile of Barnstable

The Red Cross touches lives in our community every day through programs and services such as disaster relief andhealth and safety training. As an organization committed to helping the community, the Red Cross is honored to salute individuals who are making a difference through their actions. The 9th Annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast is scheduled for March 31st, 2011.

Nomination forms are now available online at www.cciredcross.org or by calling
(508) 775-1540.

Courtesy of the Red Cross, Cape Cod and Islands Chapter.

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