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NEW YORK, May 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — First Responders Children’s Foundation, the national nonprofit organization founded in the aftermath of 9/11, when more than 800 children lost a first responder parent, will host “A Celebration of First Responder Heroes” on June 2, 2022, at Gotham Hall in New York. The event will recognize James M. Foote, President and CEO of CSX, as the recipient of the 2022 Corporate Hero Award for CSX’s longstanding commitment and generous support of first responder families.

The gala dinner will honor 6.5 million first responders across the country across “The Call of the Heroes” during which one representative from each category of first responders will be honored on behalf of all first responders in their category: public safety officers, firefighters, EMTs/paramedics, nurses, 911 dispatchers and 9/11 survivors. The person representing each category of first responders will be celebrated for their personal heroism and will receive an award on behalf of all first responders in their respective fields.

The First Responders Children’s Foundation has selected six first responder heroes for the 2022 “Roll Call of Heroes,” each of whom have gone above and beyond the call of duty and some of whom have risked their lives to save lives. others in their communities. Winners include:

  • In the name of all Public Safety OfficersCaptain Will Davis of the Joplin, MO Police Department, who showed unusual selflessness and courage when he arrested an assailant during a deadly rampage. During the altercation, two of Davis’ fellow officers were shot and killed and their patrol vehicle was stolen by the assailant’s attempted escape. Shots were fired at officers in pursuit, until the patrol car was destroyed in the process. As the assailant continued to fire at the officers, Davis stopped at the scene, drew fire from the suspect, and eventually returned fire, fatally wounding the assailant and ending the rampage.
  • In the name of all FirefightersCorey Wilcox of the FDNY, under punitive conditions and at his own risk, rescued an unconscious woman trapped in a house fire on Thanksgiving night. Through thick smoke and fire, with zero visibility, high heat and rapidly deteriorating conditions, firefighter Wilcox carried her from the burning house to the street and provided emergency care. . Firefighter Corey Wilcox’s quick actions in extreme conditions were directly responsible for the woman’s survival.
  • In the name of all NursesJodie Nixon, RN from Brooklyn, NY is the head nurse in the hectic and crowded emergency room at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where she works tirelessly to save countless lives every day. Nixon cared for the first COVID patient in New York and is still finding a way to get more stretchers to take care of everyone. She’s usually the first person in the room to react to cardiac arrest and trauma. She shows no fear of COVID or bed bugs, working non-stop, with rarely breaks. She also brings the job of head nurse home with her in heavy bags full of checklists and staffing schedules. She brings soaps and clothes in these bags in case someone on the street needs a shower and a change of clothes. Nixon is quick on his feet and routinely triages five patients at once. On the toughest patients, she will find their vein to take blood samples, and even wipe away their tears.
  • In the name of all Paramedics / paramedicsAlanna Badley of Yonkers, NY responds to 911 calls as a paramedic and puts his life on the line every day battling COVID-19, often without enough PPE and wearing the same N-95 mask for weeks. On a daily basis, Badgley rescues distressed patients from their homes, who are then taken to hospital, many of them sick, injured, terrified and dying. She never fails to provide expert pre-hospital medical care with empathy and humanity. Badgley is also president of the International Association of Ambulance and Paramedics union Local 20, working to raise awareness of the low pay and hardship endured by EMS workers nationwide.
  • In the name of all 911 dispatchersJonathan Ortiz of the NYPD who, on January 21st answered the call of a distressed mother in Brooklyn, worried that her son was unstable. As there was no mention of a weapon, Ortiz dispatched NYPD officers to the building, who were caught off guard upon arrival when they were shot in a surprise attack by the son of the woman. A third officer put an end to the violence by mortally wounding the shooter. Ortiz then received a call that two officers were down, dispatched two ambulances to rush to the officers’ aid, and cleared the traffic lane so the ambulances carrying officers Mora and Rivera could get to the hospital in record time. Ortiz played a vital role in giving Officers Mora and Rivera the best possible chance of receiving immediate medical attention in a short time.
  • In the name of all 9/11 survivorsSal Turturici from Morganville, NJ is a 20-year career veteran of the FDNY, who served as a paramedic in the FDNY EMS Hazardous Materials Division. Turturici responded to 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site, where he was tragically exposed to toxic dust that is now driving him to battle terminal cancer. Despite this illness, Turturici continues to advocate for first responders.

The First Responders Children’s Foundation is proud to honor distinguished individuals and corporate partners for their efforts and passion in supporting our country’s first responders and their families. Past Corporate Hero Award winners include Cisco, Kroll, Mattel and SERVPRO.

The winner of the Corporate Hero Award 2022 is James M. Foote, President and CEO of CSX, a leading transportation company that provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transloading services and solutions to customers in a wide range of markets, including energy, industry, construction, agriculture and consumer products. For four years, CSX Pride in Service has partnered with the First Responders Children’s Foundation to provide grants to law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and their families, as well as scholarships for children pursue their dreams of higher education. CSX is also a founding member of the First Responder Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

“On behalf of the First Responders Children’s Foundation, we are humbled by the dedication and bravery of all of the first responders honored in our Roll Of Heroes,” said Jillian Crane, President and CEO of the First Responders Children’s Foundation. “They are true heroes who represent the service and sacrifice of all in their profession. We are also delighted to honor Mr. James M. Foote on behalf of CSX Pride in Service for the company’s dedication to first responders and their families. Our partnership started in 2018, and with their support we have helped hundreds of children with scholarships. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CSX was the first to come forward and help us launch our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, and for that and more, we are grateful.

“It is with great honor that I accept this award on behalf of CSX and our community investment initiative Pride in Service,” said James M. Foote, President and CEO of CSX. “Safety and service are in our DNA, and we work closely with first responders in the local communities where we operate every day. Our partnership with the First Responders Children’s Foundation allows us to give back to the families of some of these brave heroes.

The gala evening will include recognition of Foundation scholars, including Mabel Jesse, Class of 2023 from Florida State College Jacksonville and Annette-Rene Rule, Class of 2025 from Texas State University.

Proceeds from the gala will support Foundation programs including college scholarships, direct financial assistance, bereavement assistance and holiday toys. Proceeds will also be used to support mental health services for children of first responder families through the First Responders Children’s Foundation’s new resilience program.

The gala dinner and the awards ceremony will take place June 2, 2022, at Gotham Hall in New York. Tickets and sponsorships are available at

About the First Responders Children’s Foundation
The First Responders Children’s Foundation provides financial support to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families experiencing significant financial hardship due to tragic circumstances. The First Responders Children’s Foundation also supports, promotes and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by first responder organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community as a whole. More information about the First Responders Children’s Foundation is available at Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram @1stRCF

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a leading transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-truck transloading services and solutions to customers in a wide range of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agriculture and consumer products. For nearly 200 years, CSX has played a vital role in the country’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects all major metropolitan areas in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also connects over 230 shortline railways and over 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and agricultural towns. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at Like us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (

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