Greenburgh's Jim Deluca To Receive Con Edison's Highest Honor
Jim DeLuca of Greenburgh has received Con Edison’s highest employee honor, the “Living Our Values” award. This recognition is given annually to Con Edison employees who exemplify the company’s values of service, teamwork, excellence, and concern for the quality of life in their communities.
The 31-year Con Edison veteran has also been a 27-year volunteer firefighter in the Elmsford Fire Department, and has served as chief for six of those years. He also serves on the parish council and as a eucharistic minister at his local Catholic church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Elmsford, and through his contacts there, has undertaken projects helping an impoverished town in Nigeria.
“As much as Jim has helped Con Edison with his affability, respect for customers and uncompromising commitment to safety, some of his most impressive achievements have been outside of work, both locally and globally,” said Amr Hassan, Con Edison’s general manager of Gas Operations. Jim DeLuca in a welcoming parade at the Bishop Hughes Elementary School in Ondo, Nigeria.
When his friend and onetime local priest, the Most Rev. Dr. Jude Arogundade, became a bishop for Ondo Diocese, Nigeria, DeLuca and his wife Nini became involved in several projects, traveling to Africa three times in six years to deliver supplies, coordinating efforts from the States.
Jim’s help was crucial in building a 40-room hospital in Oka, Nigeria. He was a key member of a team that purchased medical furniture, equipment, and enough supplies to fill two 40-foot containers, including the first CAT scan device servicing the region. To improve continuing medical education, he arranged for doctors from Mt. Sinai and Columbia Presbyterian to deliver seminars on liver pathology and emergency medicine.
He also helped secure funds for the building of Seat of Wisdom High School, and helped to secure a significant donation for the Bishop Hughes Nursery School, provided by the parents of Tyler Rush, one of Jim’s firefighters who died at the early age of 25.
DeLuca also raised money for the area’s Widows Foundation, which helps widows short of food who are often ostracized, and for a pastoral center, for meetings and retreats.
Leveraging his longtime connection with the Elmsford Fire Department, Jim took part in efforts to replace their ambulance with a new one, and then worked with the Mayor of Elmsford to purchase the old ambulance for the Nigerian medical center, repainted it with the logo of the Sancta Maria Medical Center, and arranged to have it shipped overseas.
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