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Reston Woman Honored by Rescue Personnel for Saving a Life

A Reston woman who sprung to action to save another’s life has been honored by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

Jodi Rakoff was recently recognized with a Citizen Lifesaving Award for her actions. She was honored by County Fire Station 25 (Reston), C-Shift, EMS 401, and Battalion Chiefs 401 and 407.

According to information provided by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Rakoff jumped in and performed CPR when a woman who was walking in front of her house collapsed.

“Jodi’s quick actions, along with advanced life support care by the personnel from 25-C, resulted in the resuscitation of the patient.”

Rakoff was joined at the ceremony by her husband, Simon, and her mother.

Photos courtesy Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

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Clevelands to be Honored by Children’s Organization

Karen ClevelandRestonians Jim and Karen Cleveland will be honored with the 2014 Legacy Award at the Devotion to Children’s 12th annual Red, Heart & Soul Gala on Nov. 12.

Devotion to Children (DTC) is a Northern Virginia nonprofit committed to providing access to high quality educational and childcare programs for children aged six and under from economically disadvantaged families.

The Clevelands, separately and together, are involved in a number of Reston and Northern Virginia organizations, including YMCA of Fairfax County Reston, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston Community Center, Reston’s Nature House, Reston Historic Trust, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Leadership Fairfax and the Initiative for Public Art Reston, among others.

Karen Cleveland is the Chair of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. Jim Cleveland is the former president of the Reston Land Corporation, which was instrumental in the development of Reston and the first phase of Reston Town Center. Both are “Best of Reston” Award winners.

DTC says the Clevelands are being honored for their “devotion to helping this organization give children of working and unemployed families access to affordable, quality preschool, daycare, health and educational services.”

The Clevelands will accept the award at DTC’s Read, Heart & Soul Gala at the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton Nov. 12. For tickets and sponsorships, visit the DTC website.

Photo: Karen Cleveland/Credit: GRCC

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