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Mount Desert Island Hospital Pharmacist Dave Frongillo was honored recently by the American Red Cross for the heroism he displayed on an Alabama beach in April.

While strolling Perdido Beach during a break in a conference he was attending, Mr. Frongillo witnessed a swimmer struggling against the strong current of a riptide. Quickly recognizing that the young man was close to drowning, Mr. Frongillo plunged into the roiling waters and pulled the man to safety.

For his bravery, Mr. Frongillo received a plaque proclaiming his nomination for the Red Cross’ Real Heroes Award during a special presentation in Bangor on November 3rd. Pictured above are (left) Mr. Frongillo with his Real Heroes award, and (right) Tom Mockus, RN, Division Director of MDI Hospital’s Medical and Rehab Services, who nominated Mr. Frongillo for the honor.

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