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Broedel, DeTraglia Honored as Volunteers of the Year for 2009

Jul. 17, 2009

July 17, 2009 (Utica, NY) —  Dan Broedel, medical coordinator, and Dr. John DeTraglia, medical director, were each presented with the Volunteer of the Year award during the Volunteer Party on July 11.

Boilermaker volunteers are dedicated, compassionate and hard working.  There are over 6,000 that help to make the events successful each year.  Peter DeSefano was one of those volunteers. Coach D, as he was known, worked the Boilermaker chute crew.  A long-time coach and physical education instructor at Utica Free Academy, Coach D died in 1988.  The following year, the Boilermaker instituted the Peter DeSefano Award, presented each year to a Boilermaker volunteer who most exemplifies the spirit of Coach D.  The award winners this year displayed his positive characteristics.

Broedel and DeTraglia's main responsibilities are the medical treatment of all runner's and spectators.  They organize and coordinate all the efforts in regard to health and safety throughout Boilermaker week and act as liaisons between the hospitals, EMTs, and ambulance services.

In 2008, there were 196 patients during the Boilermaker, including 88 in the medical tent.  That was a new race record!  Last weekend, the medical personnel continued to improve upon from those numbers as only 105 runners needed assistance by medical personnel, and only 66 appeared in the tent.  According to Road Race Management, in Minnesota there were 19 encounters per 1,000 runners, Houston tallied 60, and Pittsburgh logged 100.  This year, the Boilermaker registered an impressive number of only 10 encounters per 1,000 runners.

 "Although each volunteer plays a significant role to make the race a success, I believe the medical staff is absolutely vital each season because people's lives are literally at stake," said Tim Reed, executive director of the Boilermaker. "This year, we had the lowest amount ever of patients in the medical tent.  Our runner's safety comes first and foremost, so that statistical is something worth praising.  These two men are outstanding at what they do."