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TRENTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and members of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored five employees of the Mercer County Corrections Center for lifesaving acts of heroism.  At 12:30 pm today in Room 211 of the McDade County Administration Building, Hughes, Warden Shirley Tyler, and the Freeholders congratulated these five men and women, and presented them with proclamations honoring their brave and selfless acts.

Corrections Officer Robert Castro astonished members of the Trenton community when he ran into a burning house at 1222 East State Street to save 10 children from certain death.  While buying food at Georgia Fried Chicken one night in late October, Castro saw flames climbing the front of the nearby house, and heard screams from a woman whose children remained inside the house.  Acting quickly, Castro rushed into the house and emerged with 10 young children in tow.

Registered Nurse Lolita Brown and Corrections Officers Kenneth Fitzpatrick, Mark Jenkins, and Thomas Ricigliano all helped to save a life when Charles Nesko, an inmate at the Corrections Center, collapsed while playing Scrabble with a fellow inmate.  Brown and the three Corrections Officers worked together to restore Nesko’s pulse using a defibrillator, and performed CPR to resuscitate him.  Their quick actions allowed Nesko to receive life-saving cardiac surgery a short time later.

Citing the importance of self-confidence and proactivity in making an impact on one’s community, Hughes encouraged everyone present to follow the example set by the individuals honored at today’s ceremony.  “These men and women are living proof that, to change the lives of others in a positive way, you need only a kind heart and a touch of bravery,” said Hughes.

Photo of  Freeholder Keith Hamilton, County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello, Freeholder Pat Colavita, Freeholder Liz Muoio,

Left to right: Freeholder Keith Hamilton, County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello, Freeholder Pat Colavita, Freeholder Liz Muoio,