Islanders honored at Red Cross heroes breakfast

Islanders honored at Red Cross heroes breakfast

Captain Richard Phillips (right) congratulates Eli Bonnell of Edgartown, who received the Lifesaving Hero Award for performing CPR on a woman after she suffered a heart attack. — Photo by Alan Pollack

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.

Tisbury police officer Jason Marathas (left)  received the Professional Hero Award. Standing with him are fellow award recipients Harwich fire fighters Lt. Timothy Jaques, Lt. Michael Mason and Captain Richard Phillips.
Tisbury police officer Jason Marathas (left) received the Professional Hero Award. Standing with him are fellow award recipients Harwich fire fighters Lt. Timothy Jaques, Lt. Michael Mason and Captain Richard Phillips.

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.

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