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Lycoming College building and grounds employees John Colocino, Stephen Koch and John Shaffer were honored at the Heroes Breakfast sponsored by the Northcentral Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross in downtown Williamsport on June 8. The trio received the Animal Heroes Award for rescuing a deer on campus.
Last fall, Colocino, Koch and Shaffer came to the aid of a frightened deer that became stuck in the College's fencing near the Admissions House. To calm the doe, they first covered her with a blanket before cutting the fence. Shaffer used his truck to transport the doe to a local creek, where they released her.
"We saw it as just being a part of our everyday job," Shaffer said. "It was an honor to receive the award, and we were in good company."
A total of eight awards were presented in a variety of categories at the event to celebrate the best of human spirit by honoring local individuals who have shown courage, kindness and quick-thinking by their actions.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.