Hometown Heroes


July 18, 1999|By Sloane Brown

If there's no better way to start your day than by getting a warm breakfast, then the 240 people who came to the 1999 Hometown Heroes Breakfast got the best start possible. The warmth in the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel banquet room, however, had less to do with what went into the stomach, and more to do with what came from the heart -- appreciation for more than a dozen Marylanders honored by the American Red Cross, Central Maryland Chapter, for their acts of heroism.

Among those enjoying the warm fuzzies along with the hot coffee: hero award winners Ken Taylor, Glen Peterson, Jason Pike, Michael L. Proescher, L. Paul Turner, Christopher Hurst, Catherine Copertino, Vickie Diamond, Sue Patton, Karen Peddicord and Anne Hackney; event co-chairs Beth Falcone and Sally Furnary; Frank Miller, chapter executive director; Dave Borden, chapter board chair; Gina Hirschhorn, senior VP of NationsBank; and Glenn Adams, Bethlehem Steel supervisor.

One of the most heartfelt moments came when hero Taylor got a hug from 12-year-old Philip Knode. Taylor saved Knode's life last August when he performed CPR on the boy after he was hit by lightning.

Pub Date: 07/18/99

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