By Frank Lewis
Heroes are sometimes just ordinary people who, on a moment’s notice, perform extraordinary acts. Others take calculated steps to make a difference in the lives of fellow citizens. If you know someone you believe should be honored for their heroic efforts, you need to let the American Red Cross know about it as soon as possible.
Nominations are due no later than Friday, July 3. When nominating a group, at least one individual from the group must reside in Jackson, Pike, Lawrence, Adams or Scioto counties. The act of heroism must have occurred after July 1, 2014, or be ongoing. Nomination forms may be picked up at the Red Cross office, 1801 Robinson Ave., or downloaded from the Red Cross ORV Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ORVredcross.
“Heroes come in many shapes and sizes, in the past we have honored individuals, groups, adults, children and even pets,” Debbie Smith, American Red Cross Community Executive said. “We appreciate creative nominations.”
Each year, the American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley presents awards to local heroes who saved lives, exemplified the Red Cross mission or made significant, positive differences in our community in the areas of emergency response, disaster preparedness and prevention.
Tickets for the Ohio River Valley American Red Cross Breakfast scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 13 are available at the Red Cross office 1801 Robinson Avenue in Portsmouth.
“We hope the community will show their support for the outstanding community heroes and we encourage everyone to consider attending,” Smith said. “The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes by 9:15 a.m. so guests may get to work or to other obligations.”
Hero categories include: Blood/Tissue/Organ Hero; CPR/AED/First Aid Hero; Community Hero; Military/Veteran Hero; Fire/Preparedness Hero; Adult Good Samaritan; Workplace Hero; Wellness Hero; Youth Good Samaritan; Volunteer Hero; Volunteer Hero; and the Marcia Sanderlin Hero Award, which is presented to a Red Cross volunteer or supporter who has gone above and beyond expectations either as a volunteer or financial supporter.
Smith said sponsorships are also being solicited. Anyone interested in becoming a Hero Sponsor may contact the ORV Red Cross at 740-354-3293. Tickets for the event are $10 per person or $25 for patron seats.
All proceeds help support local disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the lifesaving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe, the transportation program, and international programs provided by the American Red Cross.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.