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Red Cross Will Honor Heroes at Trumbull Event April 26

By American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter

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TRUMBULL, CT - The American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter will honor local heroes at a breakfast celebration on Friday, April 26, at the Trumbull Marriott, located at 180 Hawley Lane in Trumbull. The breakfast is presented by Wells Fargo.

Awards are being given to 10 recipients, including firefighters, police officers, a Doctor, two Registered Nurses, a retiree, a school paraprofessional and three high school students.

The honorees are being recognized at the annual American Red Cross Community Heroes Breakfast Celebration on Friday, April 26, at the Trumbull Marriott Hotel. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. Registration is at 7:00 a.m. Tickets to the event are $35 and must be purchased in advance by calling Laura Campbell at (203) 874-2532 ext. 16 or by e-mailing her at

American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno said the event is a special time to honor “ordinary people who do the extraordinary in service to other people or to their community.”

Each year, the Red Cross honors local heroes nominated by the public. “We welcome the opportunity to honor heroes whose life changing or life saving deeds exemplify the Red Cross mission of helping neighbors,” Bruno said.

Honorees for this year’s event in Trumbull include:

- Colleen Porricelli, of Monroe, a school paraprofessional who saved a choking child
- Bridgeport Police Officers Michael Cantrell, John Carrano, Eliud Henry II, Fabio Pereira and David Rivera, who undertook a dangerous pursuit and apprehension of suspected murderers in the minutes after a deadly crime
- Fairfield natives Katie Boland, Lindsey Morton and Kelly Niznansky, who mobilized a massive cleanup of the Fairfield Beach area after Superstorm Sandy
- Stamford students Rashidah and Jonathan Dorvil, who saved their choking baby brother
- Stamford Firefighters Joseph Maida and William O’Connell and Darien Police Officer Dan Ehret, who worked together to rescue people trapped in a capsized boat
- Jim Carolan and Peter Porrazzo, of Fairfield, who helped to rescue a burning man
- Stamford school student Darby Hogan, who used CPR to save a life
- Scott Brennan, RN, Joseph Halkowicz, RN, Joe Laveneziana and Dr. Abdelmonim Affany, all at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, who worked together to prevent a suicide
- Firefighter Frank Bridge, of Bridgeport, who rescued individuals from a burning building
- George Ducanic, of Stamford, a Korean War veteran and retired businessperson who has a lengthy record of voluntary service in many areas

“I know that those attending these breakfasts each year leave the event inspired by the honorees,” Bruno said. “I’m sure this year will be no exception.”

The Community Heroes Breakfast Celebration will be held Friday, April 26, at 7:30 a.m., at the Trumbull Marriott Hotel. Tickets for the event are $35. The event is one of three held in March and April in Connecticut. All three events are presented by Wells Fargo. Tickets and information are available by calling Laura Campbell at (203) 874-2532 ext. 16 or by e-mailing her at

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