CAR PHONE HERO RECEIVES 'GOOD SAMARITAN AWARD'
CAR PHONE HERO RECEIVES 'GOOD SAMARITAN AWARD' PHILADELPHIA, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- When Robert Brodie used his car
phone to prevent a bank robbery last January, he never thought his investment would pay off, or that he would become a local hero.
Because of Brodie's quick thinking and his cellular phone, he was able to assist in the apprehension of two robbers who held up the Provident Bank in Bensalem, Pa., on Jan. 15. It is also the reason he was presented with the first annual Good Samaritan Award at a special ceremony hosted by the Metrophone Cellular Safety Council, an organization dedicated to educating the public about the role of cellular technology in community safety. "We created this award to honor the many men and women from the Delaware Valley who continually use their cellular phones to help other people in need," said Don Harris, president of Metrophone and Comcast Cellular, one of the nation's largest non-wireline cellular companies. "Mr. Brodie's act of heroism was directly responsible for the apprehension of two armed robbers, and he didn't hesitate for a moment to get personally involved. It's that kind of caring and concern for public safety that we're trying to encourage through our education efforts, and Mr. Brodie is a great role model for everyone to follow." Brodie said, if not for his cellular phone, he might have been injured himself because of his commitment to helping others. "I was so angry about the robbery that if I didn't use my cellular phone to call the police, I would have jumped out of my car and grabbed the thieves myself," he said. "I think everyone in the country has a responsibility to help others. It's exactly what President Bush is talking about with his Thousand Points of Light. I'd like to think that I'm one of them." Brodie explained that, by staying on the line with the police department, and following the robbers in a high-speed car chase, he was able to guide police officers successfully to the criminals. Fortunately for Brodie, they were apprehended and eventually charged with the crime. Brodie, his wife Aimee, and Metrophone and Comcast officials were present at the ceremony. He received a cash award of $1,000 as well as a commemorative plaque. Metrophone, a Comcast company, is one of the largest non-wireline cellular companies in the United States. It provides a wide range of cellular services through a network of more than 40 independent businesses and 300 dealer outlets in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The company uses a sophisticated, computerized cellular system supplied by Motorola, which offers a cost-effective service and virtually eliminates coverage gaps and transmission losses. Metrophone's services include: an electronic directory, custom calling features, Shadow Traffic and asterisk-911 emergency assistance, among others. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: CMCSA) is principally engaged in the development and operation of cable communications systems. The company's consolidated and affiliated operations serve more than 2.8 million subscribers. This includes more than 823,000 subscribers representing 50 percent of the total subscribers served by Storer Communications, Inc. With the completion of the acquisition of interests in Metrophone, the company now provides cellular telephone services in the Northeast United States to markets encompassing a population in excess of 7.3 million. In addition, Comcast is engaged in the sale and installation of sound communications systems, owning the largest independent network of background music systems operating under the MUZAK(R) name. The Class A and Class A Special common stock are traded in the over- the-counter market and are reported in the National Market System under NASDAQ symbols CMCSA and CMCSK, respectively. /delval/ -0- 5/14/92 /CONTACT: Dava Guerin of Guerin & Kapnek Communications, 215-830-1441, or, home, 215-635-5985, for Metrophone/ (CMCS) CO: Metrophone; Comcast Corporation ST: Pennsylvania IN: TLS SU:
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