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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Monday, June 30, 2003
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI and the American Red Cross of RI Announce July Community Heroes

Johnston and Providence Citizens are Rewarded for their Efforts

Providence, R.I., June 30, 2003 The American Red Cross of Rhode Island and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) are honoring Officer Marc Boisvert of Johnston and Joan Zompa of Providence as the July recipients of the Community Heroes Award. The award recognizes the good works of "everyday people" who have made significant, positive impacts on individuals, families, organizations or entire communities in Rhode Island.

Boisvert, a Johnston police officer, has spent the past six-years building a safe and caring community for youths ages 14-20 by inspiring them to strive for excellence and by exploring careers in law enforcement. He serves as the Community Policing Officer and as the Facilitator for the Johnston Police Explorer Post #405. Officer Boisvert's willingness to help is demonstrated by making himself available to the Explorers 24-hours a day.

For twelve years, Ms. Zompa has been the heart of the St. Vincent DePaul Ministry, an outreach ministry of St. Charles Parish, as a director and a friend. Her leadership and commitment is shown weekly at Thursday night soup kitchens, her expansion of the Ministry's food pantry, conducting yearly summer barbecues and coordinating filled baskets for the holiday seasons. Ms. Zompa's most recent endeavor is a summer program for children to engage in arts & crafts, sports activities, reading enrichment and Christian teachings.

Both winners will be recognized during the month of June in an advertising campaign in print and on WLNE-TV, Channel 6. 

The Community Heroes program is a collaborative effort between the American Red Cross of Rhode Island and BCBSRI.  It's designed to recognize Rhode Islanders who care enough to make a difference.  Community Heroes can be everyday citizens, local firefighters, police, or

emergency responders.  They can be honored for spontaneous acts of heroism (such as saving someone from drowning) or 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 www.bcbsri.org and click on "In the Community."

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, has been the state's leading health insurer for 64 years and now covers more than 650,000 customers. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

American Red Cross of Rhode Island 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.

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