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Workplace Safety Hero Kathleen Russotto

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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2014

Kathleen Russotto, Manager of Sports World in South Windsor,
was at the facility on July 1 of last year when she learned through an alert on her phone that a tornado was in the area. The Funtime summer camp program was in progress that day. Kathleen rushed to the domed facility at Sports World where 29 campers and five staff were located. She told Fox CT news that she "whistled for the kids," gathered them and moved them quickly to an adjacent building where she instructed them to hide under tables. Speed was critical as the storm was approaching. "There was a little five-year-old. I had a counselor pick him up because I could see the dome starting to move, which is very uncommon," Russotto told Fox CT.

Within moments, the tornado swept over the area, destroying the dome. According to news reports, pieces of the dome were scattered across nearby Interstate 91. None of the children or staff at the Sports World facility were injured.

Sports World co-owner Kate Muratore called Russotto a hero for keeping everyone safe. Russotto said she was only doing what she was supposed to. On July 2, the day after the storm, many of the campers returned along with their parents, who brought a cake to thank Russotto for her quick actions to keep their children safe. Parent Davina Dax-Rabb told NBC Connecticut news that she was "very comfortable" sending her children back to the camp in
the aftermath of the storm.

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