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CU flashlight guides family in Italian earthquake
HARRISBURG, Pa. (12/27/12)--A flashlight from a Pennsylvania-based credit union, a gift to a 6-year-old, saved the day for a family stationed in Italy during an earthquake earlier this year.

The Mercer County Community FCU (MCCFCU), a $65.6 million asset credit union based in Hermitage, Pa., learned of the incident from a member, Connie George, whose family is stationed in Italy, said the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (Life is a Highway Dec. 18).

Richard and Kelly George Blagg and their family were awakened early one morning when their house in Ferrara, Italy, began shaking, said PCUA. Outside it sounded like bombs going off and glass breaking. The area was experiencing an earthquake.

The power was out, and the family had difficulty finding their way through the house. However, 6-year-old Titus reached under his pillow for his MCCFCU flashlight he had received as a gift.

The flashlight helped guide them through the house as they found their passports and important items before going outside to safety. 

When the quake subsided, their house was still standing, but in need of some cleaning, said PCUA.


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