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Con Edison Media Relations
Contact: Chris Olert
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: December 22, 2004


NEW YORK - Two Con Edison employees - a veteran and a rookie - rescued Christmas for a Staten Island family when they returned a lost purse brimming with cash and credit cards.

James Clicerio and Ronald Zdeb, who work in Con Edison's underground construction unit, were between jobs on Staten Island's South Shore when they spotted a brown pocketbook on the ground outside of a bagel store at Amboy Road and Page Avenue.

"My partner (Clicerio) got out of the truck, brought the purse into the truck and we tried to reach its owner," said Zdeb, a 35-year Con Edison employee.

"We called our supervisor Joe D'Aquila, and the emergency desk to tell them we were taking the purse to the 123rd Precinct, " Zdeb recalled after the Monday incident. "Our supervisor notified the precinct and by the time we got there, two women ran up to us."

"They wanted to give us a reward. They kept calling us 'the angels of Con Ed.' They couldn't thank us enough," said Clicerio. "I guess we made her day. It had to be put back into the right hands. It touched our hearts."

The purse's owner called Con Edison's office in West Brighton, Staten Island, to thank them. "I'm calling to report two live angels. I had almost $1000 in cash in my bag. I don't know who's responsible for hiring these guys, but thank you Con Ed," the woman said in a phone message. "Thank you for being so honest. For myself and my husband and two children. Thank you... or we would not have been Christmas shopping today."

Clicerio of Lawrence Harbor, N.J., is a general utility worker and has been with Con Edison for two years. Zdeb is a splicer who lives in the Westerleigh section of Staten Island. He has worked for Con Edison for 35 and a half years.

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