CINCINNATI — Petermann Bus, a division of National Express, recently received the “Good Neighbor Award” from the Greater Cincinnati/Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The award is presented to a company, individual, or organization for having made a significant humanitarian contribution to the local, national, or international community in support of the American Red Cross.
More than 600 volunteers and American Red Cross staff members boarded Petermann buses and were taken to nine neighborhoods in the greater Cincinnati area for the “A Cause for Alarms: Mega Blitz 2017” event on April 29. The mission was to install more than 1,000 smoke alarms for families in need.
Petermann donated 12 buses and driver time to safely transport staff and volunteers.
“Petermann shares our value of safety and has shown a commitment to making the community safer for everyone,” said Patricia Mann Smitson, regional CEO of American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati–Dayton Region. “The drivers went above and beyond providing a safe ride; they made our event truly enjoyable for all of our volunteers. It made all the difference.”
A Cause for Alarms is part of a larger effort by the American Red Cross to eliminate home fires by installing free smoke alarms in homes. The American Red Cross regularly canvasses neighborhoods and installs alarms in homes of those who request them.
“The Red Cross’s efforts are truly remarkable and align with our core values of safety, people, customer, community, and excellence,” said Jim Ring, region manager for Petermann. “We’re happy to support such a great organization, and are humbled by this recognition.”