PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies honored community heroes on Monday night with a special salute. One local organization received a “game-changing,” salute from the team.
“We rely 100 percent on donations like this,” Sunny Longordo said. Longordo is a member of the Garden State Underwater Recovery Rescue and the $10,000 grant, her group received from the Phillies on Monday, will go a long way to aiding the effort.READ MORE: Amtrak Forced To Reduce Service Along Northeast Corridor Due To COVID-Related Staffing Shortage
The members of the group dive when other won’t, or can’t.
“We love to dive,” Longordo said.READ MORE: Mother Of Cheltenham Township Single-Car Crash Victim Speaks Out After Incident Left 1 Person Dead, 4 Others Injured: ‘It's Horrible’
On January 3, a volunteer with Garden State recovered the body of Shane Montgomery in the Schuylkill River. The 21-year-old disappeared Thanksgiving morning 2014.
The Phillies thought the group of volunteers deserved some recognition and some much needed financial support. The team presented them with the $10,000 grant at their charities holiday giving party.MORE NEWS: Cooling Tower Malfunction Caused Fire At Center City High-Rise, Source Says
The divers pick up searches after police and rescue divers have to move on, sometimes leaving family members no one to turn to find their loved ones.