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Katharine Freeborn

Katharine Freeborn is honored at the 20th annual Real Heroes Breakfast by the American Red Cross of Central New York in December. Standing with her is Ramon Morales, employee performance leader at SEFCU.

HIT: To a Cayuga County lifesaver.

Katharine Freeborn, of Cato, was recently honored as a Real Hero by the American Red Cross for her role in saving a man's life. Freeborn, a registered nurse, had been working out when someone alerted she and others about a person who had fallen and was in distress.

The man had suffered cardiac arrest, and Freeborn helped administer CPR until the man began breathing on his own. Helping people, Freeborn said, "is why I went into nursing." We are glad that she did.

MISS: To big trouble for a young man.

A teenager who pleaded guilty to punching an Auburn police officer in the face could be facing as much as seven years in state prison. The teen was in Cayuga County Court this week, where he admitted punching an officer who was trying to arrest another person.

He could be sentenced as a youthful offender to a less severe punishment, but the felony assault charge could send him to state prison for seven years. The assailant will remain in the Cayuga County Jail until his sentencing on March 5.

HIT: To staying active.

Frederick Osborne has deep roots in Auburn, having served as editor and publisher of this newspaper and serving for 50 years on the board of the Osborne Association founded by his grandfather, former Auburn mayor and prison-reform advocate Thomas Mott Osborne.

Recently, the 92-year-old published his third novel, "Taking Fortune's Tide," and we hope he continues to have a constructive retirement.

The Citizen editorial board includes publisher Rob Forcey, executive editor Jeremy Boyer and managing editor Mike Dowd.

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