The American Red Cross Central New York Chapter will honor 15 Central New Yorkers — some with Cayuga County ties — for their heroic actions during the past year at the 14th annual Real Heroes Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Oncenter in Syracuse.

According to a news release from the Red Cross, the Real Heroes Breakfast celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by honoring people from throughout the Central New York community who have performed heroic acts to help others in need.

Among this year’s 15 honorees are Deputy Thomas Cordway and Navigational Assistant Terry Lozier of the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office for rescuing three boaters, one who was knocked unconscious and two who were thrown overboard after the boat malfunctioned; Brian Lozier, of Cato, for using a piece of lumber to hit and distract a Jersey bull that was mauling his neighbor, John Crandon in August. The bull eventually retreated to its barn and Crandon survived despite suffering severe injuries; Carl Harvey, a furnace specialist in the Energy Services Department for the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, for recognizing that customer Karen Strecker, of Locke, was suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning last winter and encouraged her to receive immediate medical attention that saved her life; and Kyle Casler, a Union Springs High School graduate and U.S. Army specialist, who stepped on an IED while patrolling a village in Afghanistan in May and had to have his left foot amputated. He’s currently rehabilitating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Tickets for the celebration are $50 per person ($500 for table of 10). Parking is free for attendees at either Oncenter garage or street-level parking lot.

For tickets, call 234-2225 or email


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