The January TD Bank Hometown Hero saved her father’s life thanks to quick thinking and great timing of a school lesson. While doing homework in her room at home last February, 13-year-old Victoria Scalli of Merrick heard her father choking downstairs. Thanks to a lesson taught earlier that week in school, Victoria performed the Heimlich maneuver and saved her father’s life.
“I was so scared I thought he was going to die, he had no air whatsoever,” Victoria, an eighth-grader at Merrick Avenue Middle School, said.
Her father, Mark, appreciated the school’s teaching of how to perform the life-saving technique. “I’m glad she paid attention in that class instead of daydreaming,” he said.
Victoria was honored by Senator Charles Fuschillo, as he presented her with the New York State Liberty Medal. The medal is one of the highest civilian honors that a New Yorker can receive, and is given to individuals who have merited special commendation for exceptional, heroic or humanitarian acts and achievements on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers.
Victoria was then honored at the Islanders game against the Boston Bruins on January 27. Eric Fishon, VP of Suburban New York Marketing at TD Bank presented Victoria with an award from TD Bank and she was recognized on the Coliseum scoreboard during the game.
“The Hometown Hero program gives us the opportunity to recognize people in the community for the heroic work that they do,” Fishon said. “That’s why we initiated this program with the Islanders. They are our hometown heroes, regular people doing really great things and tonight is the definition of that.”