Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Employees Receive American Red Cross Community Service Award

Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Employees Receive American Red Cross Community Service Award

August 11, 1997

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Kimberly Ancin


Howard Waterman


ORANGEBURG, NY -- The American Red Cross recently honored Cathy Dietz

of Commack, and Joseph Riley, of Oyster Bay, both managers of Bell

Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's Communications Stores, for their continuous

support of the Red Cross' Nassau County Disaster Services team.

"Cathy and Joe are the true embodiment of the 'Help Can't Wait' spirit

of the Red Cross," said Peter von Berg, executive director of the

American Red Cross. "They, along with the support of their company

Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, provide invaluable services to the Red

Cross and our community."

"It's an honor to accept this award on behalf of Bell Atlantic NYNEX

Mobile and all the employees at our Hicksville and Westbury stores who

have worked around the clock to mobilize our emergency response team

for the Red Cross and the residents of Nassau," Riley said.

In accepting the award, Dietz encouraged others to become more

involved in the community. "At Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile we, too,

believe that community service is a responsibility, not a choice. We

encourage everyone to do what they can to support the efforts of the

American Red Cross and other worthy organizations that serve our


The company was selected in part for:

  • Its outstanding efforts during the TWA Flight 800 disaster,

    mobilizing its emergency response team of employees, supplying 200

    wireless phones, and service, at no charge, to rescue workers at

    the crash site, to families of the victims, and to the

    investigative units involved in the operation.

  • Its tireless efforts, delivering six phones to the Red Cross at

    4:00 a.m. during the Hempstead Apartment building fire earlier this


  • Its immediate response during the October 1996 coastal flood,

    supplying the American Red Cross with eleven phones and unlimited