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American Red Cross Honors Local Heroes in Contra Costa County
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By Caitlin Cobb, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
November 9, 2009

On November 3, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter honored its local heroes in Contra Costa County. Red Cross heroes make a difference in the lives of those in their community each day.

Among those honored was Sara Broski, a high school student who took a Red Cross CPR/ First Aid class who was able to save a woman’s life on BART due to her training and quick reflexes.

Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who famously landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in New York, was also honored. Sullenberger is a Danville resident, and expressed warm sentiments for the people of New York and New Jersey at the event.

“When we went into the water, the air was 21 degrees in New York,” Sullenberger said. “The people of New York and New Jersey reached out to warm us, and they did so with blankets from the Red Cross.”

A special appreciation award was given to the family of Mike Shimansky, former mayor of Danville and long time Red Cross volunteer, who passed away in September.

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