American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Spirit of the Hero breakfast: Firefighter Hero Award

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The American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Chapter, which covers Adams, Franklin, Fulton, and York Counties, honored 16 people with nine different awards during the 14th Annual Spirit of the Hero Award Breakfast held at the Wyndham Garden York Hotel on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Recipients were honored for their heroic and, or selfless acts that improve our communities and show all of us that not all heroes wear capes.

Firefighter Hero Award:

When a call went out concerning a car crash on the 100 block of Indian Rock Dam Road in December 2015, York Township’s Goodwill Fire Company Chief Nathan Tracey was first on scene, where he found a vehicle with its front end crashed into a utility pole and was fully engulfed in flames from the back.

Realizing the driver was trapped inside the car, Tracey sprang into action. He approached the burning vehicle, opened the driver’s door, and was faced with an unconscious, yet breathing, person behind the wheel. Using his own protective gear to shield the man from the heat and flames, Tracey pulled the gentleman safely from the vehicle before fire crews had arrived to extinguish the flames.

Though Tracey would say he was only “doing what he was trained to do,” we realize it takes a true hero to place one’s own life at risk to save the life of another.


Fire Chief Nathan Tracey


Wendy Tracey


Roger Heasley (Met-Ed)

Mark Schmidt (Glatfelter Insurance)

Source: American Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania