By Natalie Strom
The Second Annual Galahad Award presentation is nearing. Every October, since its inception in 2012, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation and Coastal Breeze News have honored an individual, business or organization for outstanding service in a crisis situation.
Many of you have already sent in nominees by sending a short description of how your choice demonstrated the actions as described below. But there are many more heroes and heroines out there who deserve recognition. The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation and Coastal Breeze are taking nominations through October 1st.
Nominees must demonstrate the following in their actions:
• Either PREVENTION or INTERVENTION: Did someone you know intervene during a disastrous situation while waiting for emergency help? Or maybe your business or condominium has updated their fire sprinklers or smoke alarms for prevention purposes.
• INITIATIVE: Taking action is always the first step. Whether it be before a problem exists or intervening during a crisis, willingness to spring into action can mean the difference between life and death.
• AWARENESS: Understanding one’s surroundings and what to do in a critical situation can be crucial. CPR and AED training and knowledge of local emergency response teams and healthcare centers play a major role in diverting disaster.
• COURAGE and BRAVERY: In an emergency situation, it takes a certain set of you-know-what to get involved. Overcoming fear and stepping up to lead in these types of events is something that not everyone is capable of.
The goal of the Galahad Award is to encourage conscientious behavior and actions regarding fire safety and emergency response conditions. The Marco Island community is full of individuals, businesses and condominiums that demonstrate this kind of positive stewardship. Simply fill out the attached form in this issue of Coastal Breeze and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail or stop by the Coastal Breeze headquarters at 1857 San Marco Road, Unit C-216, Marco Island, FL 34145 with your completed form. You may also fax it to 239-393-4992.
Galahad Award recipients will be chosen by the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation.