Wednesday, February 19, 2003
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI and the American
Red Cross of RI Honor February Community Heroes "Caring Enough To Make The Difference"
Providence, RI, February, 19, 2003 -- The American Red Cross of Rhode Island (Red Cross) and Blue
Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) are today announcing the February winners of the Community Heroes awards. They are Patrick Harrington of Scituate and Debra Lamoureux of Pawtucket.
Patrick Harrington, a bartender at Twin Oaks restaurant in Cranston was on his way
home from work, when he noticed a car accident. Harrington stopped at the scene and found an off-duty firefighter tending to one of the passengers. He ran to the
burning debris to reach the other person in the vehicle, cut the driver's seatbelt, and both men were able to free the man - just before the vehicle burst into flames.
His nomination for this award came from the off-duty firefighter.
Debra Lamoureux, a Pawtucket resident was nominated for her numerous volunteer
activities worldwide. Lamoreux began by establishing The Friendship Club for girls' age 10 to13 interested in fun activities to benefit the community. The girls have
produced craft bags for the local hospital emergency room, painted hats for chemotherapy patients at Hasbro Children's Hospital, visited with shut-ins, donated
holiday gifts for children in local shelters and even decorated place mats to cheer up diners at local soup kitchens. In addition to the club, Lamoreux knits caps and
mittens every evening of the year to benefit area shelters and crafts rosaries that are mailed to third-world nations. Both winners will be publicized in an ad campaign
in print and on television and honored at quarterly awards breakfasts.
The Community Heroes program is a collaborative effort between the Red Cross and
BCBSRI. It is designed to recognize Rhode Islanders who care enough to make a difference. Community Heroes can be local firefighters, police, emergency
responders, or everyday citizens. They can be honored for spontaneous acts of heroism (such as saving someone from drowning) or someone who is chosen for an
effort over time (such as reading to an elderly neighbor on a regular basis).
To nominate someone for a community hero award, call 459-1304, or go to www.riredcross.org or to www.bcbsri.org and click on "In the Community". Similar
awards will be made each month
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has been the state's leading health insurer
for 64 years and now covers more than 600,000 customers. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
American Red Cross volunteers provide emergency food, clothing and shelter each
year to more than 1,000 Rhode Islanders who suffer a house fire or other disaster. All Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge. The American Red Cross is not
a government agency and relies on donations to fund its work.