Calhoun High School student Colleen Oggeri was awarded the New York State Senate Liberty Medal Friday for her efforts in saving her father two weeks ago by administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation after he had a heart attack while shoveling snow.
State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) presented Oggeri, 18, with the award in the Calhoun auditorium during Oggeri’s lunch period -- between journalism and economics classes.
The award was created in 2000 for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts, and any state senator may award it at his or her discretion. Fuschillo said he has given the award to several emergency workers, but a situation like a child saving a parent is a first for him.
“There are a lot of stars and heroes, but Colleen stands above them all today,” Fuschillo said.
Also in attendance was Nassau County Police Officer Ed Serrao, who taught the Merrick Police Athletic League class three years ago where Oggeri learned the lifesaving techniques. When Colleen was presented with the award, she reluctantly stepped to the podium, a little overwhelmed by all the continued attention.
“I just wanted my dad to stay with me and not to die,” she said.