Red Cross Honors Deerfield Police and Fire Personnel for Heroic Rescue

By Lynn Sperl

The American Red Cross (ARC) Granite Chapter has honored several groups of local heroes, including Deerfield Police and Fire Department personnel. Deerfield’s Police Chief Mike Greeley and Fire Chief Mark Tibbetts were recognized with other department members at the ARC Granite Chapter’s 2010 Heroes Breakfast, held on March 24 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, for leading a fast-paced rescue operation last January to save the life of teenager Breanna Clark after her serious automobile accident.

Chiefs Greeley and Tibbetts partnered with other emergency personnel to quickly use improvised gear to lift a car off Breanna, administer immediate CPR and arrange for the teen’s timely airlifting to Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital, where she began a remarkable recovery thanks to their coordinated efforts.

Last November, community members were invited to identify their local, unsung heroes for recognition by the ARC Granite Chapter. “We believe that too often these local heroes go unnoticed when, instead, they should be recognized and appreciated,” said Maria White, chief executive officer of the ARC-New Hampshire Region. Nominations were collected over a two-month period, and groups were selected based upon their humanitarian work done for others.

Additional 2010 Heroes recognized by the ARC Granite Chapter this spring include Merrimack County Department of Corrections employees Corporal Saverio DiSaverio, Officer Lori Rheaume and Nurse Karen Rainville. The three are credited with saving the life of a Merrimack County Jail inmate, who collapsed due to cardiac arrest last September, by jointly deploying swift emergency response training techniques. 

“We are pleased to honor these heroes whose caring service to others reflects the humanitarian spirit of the Red Cross in New Hampshire,” added White, who expressed gratitude for this year’s Heroes Breakfast’s supportive sponsors, which include New Hampshire Local Government Center. Next year’s Heroes Breakfast is set for March 24, 2011. To nominate a hero, call the ARC Granite Chapter at 800.464.6692 for more information.

Editor’s Note: Deerfield’s and Merrimack County’s honorees poignantly describe their rescue efforts in videos now posted on YouTube. Video links can be found on the New Hampshire Red Cross website by clicking on Concord > Red Cross Honors Heroes.

Lynn Sperl is a Communications Specialist with the New Hampshire Local Government Center.

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