Ontario County’s lifesavers recognized

The lifesaving stories include two police officers rescuing a man with a chain around his neck and bent on committing suicide by jumping off the shell of the hotel building by Canandaigua Lake.

A private citizen who helped a man who suffered a severe neck injury in an ATV crash, and another who pulled a driver from a burning car. A husband and wife performing textbook, two-person CPR on a man who had collapsed.

And don’t forget to mention the high-profile rescue by Canandaigua firefighters of a woman trapped in an apartment fire earlier this year.

The people involved in these rescues and other lifesavers were recognized Tuesday night at the 55th annual safety awards dinner sponsored by the Ontario County Safety Council at The Inn on the Lake.

The event recognizes the lifesavers who live and work in the community.

Retiring Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero, who received the Occupational Award for compiling an excellent record of safety during his 40-plus years with the Sheriff’s Office, said he was in awe of the accomplishments of the officers and citizens recognized.

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