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On October 28, 2020, Hudson Firefighter Jeffrey Pellegrino became the first American to be awarded the Canadian Order of the Red Cross, an honor that recognizes extraordinary people who have provided sustained outstanding humanitarian service both at home and abroad.
Pellegrino received the award for his many years of volunteering to serve on numerous policy and educational councils at the Red Cross, as well as the in depth scientific research and education that he has provided that focuses on lifesaving first aid and CPR. Out of the 318 people who have received this award, Pellegrino is the first American / non-Canadian to earn this honor.
Leaders from both the Canadian Red Cross and American Red Cross conducted the remote awards ceremony from multiple locations in Canada and the United States. Due to current travel restrictions, Chief Jerry Varnes physically presented Pellegrino with his award at the Hudson Fire Department during the remote ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Pellegrino’s family both in person and via Zoom.
Pellegrino has been a volunteer firefighter in Hudson since 2013 and served as a volunteer EMT with Hudson EMS for 10 years from 2007 to 2017. Pellegrino is an Assistant Professor at the University of Akron in the Department of Disaster Science and Emergency Services, and his work addresses first-aid education.
About the Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross stands ready to help people before, during and after a disaster. As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – which is made up of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 192 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies – the Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and throughout the world.