Oxford residents honored as heroes by American Red Cross

ENDICOTT – Three Oxford residents were honored by the Southern Tier Chapter of The American Red Cross as for their heroic efforts.

The 6th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast was held last month, and three of the 16 who were recognized for their heroic actions live in Oxford.

“None of our heroes knew exactly what they were happening upon, nor did they care. Their sole concern was that something was wrong and they each had a personal inclination to act for the better of all,” said Oxford Police Chief Richard Nolan.



Per the Red Cross website, “The Real Heroes Breakfast celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by recognizing residents from Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties who in the past year performed heroic acts in life-threatening situations. Proceeds from the Real Heroes Breakfast support Red Cross lifesaving services such as disaster response, preparedness education, and service to members of our Armed Forces.”

The three – Cole Samsel, Jesse Gates and Margot Barrows – were each honored for their involvement in a joint attempt to safe the life of an elderly community member who was suffering.

It was on Dec. 23, 2014 when off duty Oxford Police Officer Samsel observed an incident involving multiple vehicles on South Canal St. in Oxford. According to Chief Nolan, Samsel had an inclination to stop and investigate the situation. Samsel found – upon approaching the vehicles – that two drivers, Margo Barrows and Jesse Gates, observed an elderly female driving erratically on the roadway.


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