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Thursday, May 12, 2005
Red Cross Employee to Receive Environmental Merit Award from EPA for Pawtucket Mercury Response

The New England Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected Normand Menard, Deputy Director of Emergency Services of the American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter, to receive an Environmental Merit Award in recognition of his exceptional work and commitment to the environment in 2004.

EPA's Environmental Merit Award is an annual award that recognizes outstanding environmental advocates who have made significant contributions toward preserving and protecting our natural resources. Menard was nominated by Dr. Robert Vanderslice of the Department of Health.

Menard was nominated because of his extraordinary work in coordinating Red Cross resources in response to the mercury hazmat incident in Pawtucket last fall. "It was a huge undertaking because there were many logistical issues to consider due to the hazardous nature of the mercury and the number of residents who were involved," said Menard. "I am honored to be receiving this award and will share it with the many volunteers who were instrumental to our successful response," he continued.

Menard will be a guest of honor at a special ceremony to be held at Faneuil Hall in Boston on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. 12 noon.

Normand Menard resides in Cumberland and has been with the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross for over a year. Prior to joining the Red Cross he was the Chief of Disaster Services for the Salvation Army serving Connecticut and Rhode Island.

About the Rhode Island Chapter
The American Red Cross is chartered by Congress to provide disaster services. We are not a government agency and we do not receive government funding or funding from our national office. We rely solely on contributions from Rhode Islanders to fulfill our mission and your dollar stays here in RI to help your friends and neighbors in their greatest time of need.

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