Oswegatchie, Heuvelton, Madrid residents to be honored by Red Cross for heroic actions
Monday, January 20, 2014 - 5:09 pm

The American Red Cross of Northern New York will honor many Northern New Yorkers including several from St. Lawrence County for their heroic actions during the past year at the Real Heroes Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Feb. 5 at Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown.

The Fire Rescue Award will be presented to Craig Legault who after attempting to put out a fire that started in his Oswegatchie home in early June, ran upstairs to rescue his four-year old son, Carson.

The Animal Rescue Award will be given to Marena Harris, Heuvelton. Harris, who was then a member of the Heuvelton Fire Department’s Teen Scene Support Unit, rescued a chocolate labrador puppy named Dukette from the yard of a burning home in Oswegatchie in early June.

The Good Neighbor Award will be awarded to Nick Miller and Trevor Moulton. Miller and Moulton, both from Madrid and 14 years old at the time, were walking home from the community skating rink in February when they rescued an elderly woman who had fallen in the snow and couldn’t get up.

9-1-1 Dispatch Award will be presented to John Friot Jr. and Dustin Lottie. Responding to a 9-1-1 call about a wayward boat, State Park Police officers Friot Jr. and Lottie performed a daring rescue on the St. Lawrence River, where they took control of an unconscious man’s 28-foot cabin cruiser as it careened within 200 feet of the Long Sault Control Dam.

The Real Heroes Breakfast returns to Northern New York for a second consecutive year after a 10-year hiatus. The 2013 event sold out at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown, prompting this year’s move to a larger venue at Samaritan Summit Village.

Proceeds from the Real Heroes Breakfast benefit the Red Cross, which provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Working families in Northern New York require almost daily emergency assistance because of home fires and other disasters, and in the fiscal year that ended June 30 the Red Cross provided more than $86,000 to 284 people from 90 families impacted by disasters throughout the region.