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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Wednesday, March 20, 2002
28 Local Red Cross Volunteers to be Honored at State House Today -- Governor, Senate to Recognize Those Who Worked at Ground Zero and Saved Lives In Rhode Island

Michael Sisto, an East Providence resident, drove a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle stocked full of warm meals, serving thousands of Ground Zero rescue workers everyday. When he got some time off, he traveled around to different firehouses in New York City, just to thank them for their work and collect their signatures on his Red Cross vest.

Paula Drzal, of North Providence, worked at a Red Cross Respite Center next to "the pile."  She's a mental health professional by trade, but at Ground Zero, she says sometimes therapy included helping the rescue workers pull off their boots at the end of a long day.

Closer to home, Victoria Perkins, a Providence sixth grader, recognized the symptoms of a heart attack from a Red Cross CPR/First Aid class she took. She convinced her step-father to go to the emergency room --- and doctors say she saved his life.

These are just three of over two-dozen Red Cross volunteers and students who will be recognized tomorrow, Thursday, March 21st at the Rhode Island State House.

Governor Almond, Lt. Governor Fogarty, and members of the Rhode Island State Senate will recognize 25 local Red Cross volunteers who traveled to Ground Zero this fall to assist in relief efforts following September 11th. Three additional individuals, who used Red Cross knowledge and skills to save a life, will also be recognized.

The schedule is as follows:

    3:30pm:  Volunteers will meet with Governor Almond in his office

    3:45pm:  Lt. Governor Charles Fogarty will meet with volunteers in the Senate Lounge

    4pm : Members of the Senate will recognize volunteers from their respective districts on the floor of the State Chamber

    4:45pm:  Senators will meet with the volunteers following session, in the Senate Lounge

The volunteers and student being recognized include middle, high school students and college students, several grandmothers, and two mental health professionals who also assisted in the Chernobyl accident.

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