By Wayne Allen
The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross (ORVC) will hold its annual Heroes Breakfast on Aug. 14, honoring those who have gone above and beyond to help someone or the community. Tickets are still available.
“We hope the community will show their support for the ten outstanding community heroes and encourage everyone to consider attending,” said Vicky Hatcher, breakfast chairman. “The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and we promise to have everyone on their way by 9:15 a.m.”
At this years event, heroes will be honored in nine categories.
This year’s Blood Hero is Lavon Shields. According to ORVC, “Lavon has volunteered at blood drives for the past 16 years. She stepped into the role of organizing several other senior volunteers for the community blood drives in the Jackson area including Jackson Holzer Hospital, First Church of the Nazarene, and Hope United Methodist Church in Wellston.”
This year’s First Aid Hero is the New Boston Service & Fire Department. According to ORVC, “On June 26, 2014, Steve Hamilton, New Boston Village Administrator, was working in the New Boston service garage when a hose on the gas pump exploded. Employees in the service garage along with Derick Paxson of the New Boston Fire Department came to his aid.”
This year’s Veteran Hero is June Meade. According to ORVC, “June has been a member of the Memorial Day Association for forty-five years where she served as secretary in charge of the Ladies of the Circle. Her commitment and allegiance to veterans keep Ladies of the Circle a continuing, crucial part of our community’s history.”
This year’s CPR Hero is SOMC Emergency Room Staff. According to ORVC, “On March 1, 2014, when Robert Madison was brought hurriedly into the SOMC ER in Portsmouth by his son-in-law, he didn’t know what type of physicians and nurses would be there so save his life. Only being able to say his name before collapsing and being place into a wheelchair, several staff members were there to help Robert when he coded in the parking lot and went above and beyond to ensure he received the care he deserved.”
This year’s Adult Good Samaritan Hero is Melinda Stevens. According to ORVC, “On April 1, 2014, Melinda returned to her South Webster home from work just in time to respond to a call for volunteers needed in locating a two-year-old boy, Gauge Scaff, who was lost in the South Webster community. She found Gauge in the field with his dog and asked him to come to her where she scooped him up in her arms and took him to safety.”
This year’s Youth Community Hero is Boy Scout Troop 12. According to ORVC, “Citizenship is one of the principles of the Boy Scout Program and Troop 12 supports their local community creating and participating in community improvements including the clean-up of Mound Park , Shawnee State Forest Clean –up campaign and the annual Ohio River Sweep to name a few.”
This year’s Fire Preparedness Hero is Josh Childers. According to ORVC, “Childers is a Security Officer at King’s Daughters Medical Center Ohio who always goes above and beyond his duties. He is currently serving on the Scioto County Emergency Management Coalition; as the Lieutenant of the Raceland Station 20 Volunteer Fire Department; and as a fireman for the Flatwoods Volunteer Fire Department.”
This year’s Scioto County Volunteer Hero is the Dorothy Knost Music Workshop. According to ORVC, “Knost started a summer music workshop for area youth in 1973 with the idea that every child deserves a musical and cultural education, but it shouldn’t cost a family anything. Since then, students from all over the county have joined in the week long celebration. where they are exposed to various types of music as well as musical instruments.”
This year’s Jackson County Community Hero is the Jackson Walmart Supercenter. According to ORVC, “Over the years the Jackson Walmart Supercenter has supported the Red Cross with financial donations, gift cards for disaster clients, participation and contributions to fund raising events, donations of water and snacks to First Responders, ARC clients and canteen services, to name a few.”
The Marcia Sanderlin Hero Award will also be given out during the breakfast to a Red Cross volunteer or supporter that has gone above and beyond expectations either as a volunteer or financial supporter.
Tickets for the breakfast are $10 per person, or $25 for a Patron with listing in the program. Tickets are available at the local Red Cross office at 1801 Robinson Ave., until Aug. 8. Tickets will not be available at the door.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.