Tisbury police officer Jason Marathas and Eli Bonnell, an Edgartown landscaper, were among the award recipients at the American Red Cross Cape Cod & Islands Chapter 2014 Heroes Breakfast on Friday, March 28, at The Resort & Conference Center in Hyannis.
Officer Marathas received the Professional Hero Award for jumping into Oak Bluffs harbor to help rescue a man who had fallen into the water and was struggling in the darkness to stay afloat.
Mr. Bonnell, a Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby fillet master, received the Lifesaving Hero Award for performing CPR on Barbara Morgan after she suffered a heart attack. His alertness in recognizing what had happened and quick action saved her life.
Captain Richard Phillips, subject of the recent Tom Hanks movie “Captain Phillips,” which depicts his rescue from Somali pirates, presented the awards.