Red Cross Volunteer Moved by Veteran During Home Fire Campaign Event

Red Cross Volunteer Rich Peloso with
Glassboro homeowner and Vietnam
War Veteran John Campbell during a
Home Fire Campaign event on Saturday
November 2, 2019.

At a Home Fire Campaign canvassing event in Glassboro on Saturday, November 2, Red Cross volunteer Rich Peloso and the other members of a smoke alarm installation team were welcomed into the home of John Campbell and his wife of 50 years to provide a fire safety visit and install free smoke alarms as needed. 

When John was asked if anyone in the home was ever in the military he told them about his military service in the Vietnam War. He added, “I even wrote a book about the military members who were killed in action from Gloucester County, as a way to pay tribute to the 43 men who didn’t make it home. It took me seven years to write it.” 

Rich and the other volunteers were impressed with John’s service in the military and the dedication he demonstrated to fallen military members by carefully writing a book about the men.  John went to a small table drawer and took out a copy of his book, personally signed it, and gave it to Rich. 

Rich finished the day with his team and 9 other teams installing more than 230 smoke alarms while making 87 homes safer; another successful event! 

When Rich went home and shared this story with his wife Sandy, she was so moved she had tears in her eyes. She wanted to do something nice for the veteran.  Sandy called a friend who makes wreaths and asked her to create a veteran’s wreath.  Two days later, Rich drove over to John’s house and presented the wreath to be hung on John’s door.  The veteran was so pleased when he saw the wreath. He said, “You really made my day, thank you so much!” 

Positive volunteer experiences happen every day at American Red Cross.  You never know who you will meet or help within our communities.  If you would like to become a part of American Red Cross, we welcome you to join us.  BECOME A VOLUNTEER  It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.  The Red Cross is always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents and skill levels.  For more information or to find a volunteer orientation near you, visit

One Response

  1. What a beautiful story. Thank you Rich & Sandy for YOUR service.

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