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Brookline nurse wins Brawny's Great American Worker award

Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Rose Cceberio, 47, holds her granddaughter, Joycita Rose, 3, as she talks with Georgia-Pacific Professional's Steve Laratta, Vice President, Channel Distribution Washroom and Wiper Solutions, at an event the company hosted at the Heinz History Center on Monday to honor Cceberio, the winner of the Brawny Industrial® Great American Worker contest. Cceberio, a nurse in Pittsburgh area, was selected from over 500 applicants and received a Ford® F-150 truck as her grand prize.

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Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, 11:56 p.m.

A registered nurse from Brookline has been named 2012's Great American Worker by Brawny Industrial brand paper towels.

Rose Cceberio received the award, which includes a new Ford F-150 pickup truck, on Monday during a ceremony at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

A national search yielded more than 500 nominations, said Steve Laratta, a vice president with Georgia-Pacific, an Atlanta-based paper company and owner of Brawny.

Calling Cceberio a “backbone of the workforce,” Laratta said the second annual Great American Worker award “honors the values of the unsung heroes” in many U.S. companies.

Cceberio, 47, has been a nurse since 1985 and works as a private-duty nurse in Pittsburgh. She also is pursuing a master's degree in nursing education from Western Governors University.

“I plan to use this recognition to advocate for my community and to encourage others to implement safe and healthy lifestyle practices,” she said.

Cceberio said she entered the contest on behalf of all nurses because too often their hard work and dedication go unnoticed.

“We needed a moment to just get a congrats,” she said.

After gathering online nominations, Georgia-Pacific selected 10 finalists, and the public voted to help select the winner.

Sen. Wayne Fontana, D-Brookline, said he was honored to have Cceberio as a resident of his district and presented her with a citation from the state Senate.

“She is the great American worker,” Fontana said.

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