Seneca Falls residents are being asked to nominate a person perceived by their friends and neighbors as a “good citizen and hero” to receive the 2024 Antonio Varacalli Day Award. 

Each year the Town of Seneca Falls honors and remembers Antonio Varacalli, an Italian immigrant who while working on April 12, 1917 on the Cayuga and Seneca Barge Canal, saw a woman drowning and immediately jumped in to rescue her.  Although Antonio saved her life, he drowned while doing so.  Antonio’s extraordinary civilian heroism was recognized posthumously with a bronze Carnegie Hero Fund Medal.

Additionally, non-profit organizations are invited to choose a “Community Angel” from their organization to be honored during the event.  This person will have shown to be an invaluable member, going above and beyond in the organization that they are a part of. To nominate a citizen for the Antonio Varacalli Award, or to honor an individual from an organization, forms can be picked up in Seneca Falls at Downtown Deli – 53 Fall Street or  WomanMade Products – 91 Fall Street, or by visiting  All nominations must be received by Friday, March 29.

The ceremony will be on April 13, 2024, on the Bridge Street Bridge, day’s event will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the reading of the Antonio Varacalli Day Proclamation, a brief history presentation, the ringing of “The Bells of Bedford Falls,” presentation of the Essay Contest winners, presentation of the Antonio Varacalli Day Award, music and a flower ceremony.  

Individuals wishing to nominate a hero can pick up a nomination form in Seneca Falls from

Downtown Deli – 53 Fall Street,

WomanMade Products – 91 Fall Street,

All nominations must be received by Friday, March 29. 

Official Seneca Falls Antonio Varacalli Day Proclamation