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Monday, April 29, 2013

Colorado Chapters Celebrate Local Heroes


Whether they’re volunteering long hours to respond to a disaster, saving someone’s life using CPR, or delivering compassion and assistance to the community, heroes are often everyday people who have stepped up to perform extraordinary acts. The American Red Cross is s a non-governmental organization that relies on the hard work of volunteers and believes in empowering everyday people through lifesaving training – and so every year, local Red Cross chapters take time to celebrate community heroes.

Red Cross chapters held heroes events in Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Durango and Grand Junction this spring, and the Northern Colorado Chapter in Fort Collins will host a heroes event in June.

The Pikes Peak Chapter kicked events off with a Hometown Heroes celebration on Jan. 31 in Pueblo.

The Red Cross Mile High Chapter Breakfast of Champions on March 8, 2013, commemorated the theme “Colorado Overcomes: Together We Triumph Over Tragedy” and honored heroes in nine categories.
Some of the award winners included:
  • A pair of fashion consultants who organized a dignified, fun, personal way for women displaced by the Waldo Canyon Fire to replace clothing lost to the flames
  • A brother and sister duo who saved their own father’s life on Thanksgiving Day
  • A couple who volunteered with the Red Cross to serve their neighbors, even as their own home was threatened by the High Park Fire
  • A group of ER doctors who saved the lives of 23 people the night of the Aurora shooting
  • Meet all the heroes and watch their stories here.
The Pikes Peak Hometown Heroes event in Colorado Springs on March 21 honored eight heroes, including:
  • A soldier who rescued a driver from a burning semi on I-25
  • A man who dove into a lake and rescued a drowning swimmer
  • An elementary school principal who raised funds to rebuild the school playground after it was destroyed by a series of mudslides
  • The medical response team that quickly and safely evacuated a nursing center as the Waldo Canyon Fire approached
The Southwest Colorado Chapter held their Heroes Breakfast in Durango on April 3, 2013, and honored 17 Southwest Colorado residents, including a group of responders who saved the life of a 7-year-old Ute child. Read the stories and event coverage by the Durango Herald.

On April 26, the Western Colorado Chapter celebrated with their annual Real Western Heroes event in Grand Junction.

Some of the 10 award winners included:
  • A dispatcher and a six-year-old boy who worked together to help save the boy’s mom when she was having a severe diabetic emergency (Watch the KJCT video)
  • A woman who brightens lives at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle (Watch the KJCT video)
  • A firefighter who rescued a man from an icy river. (Watch the KJCT video)
The Northern Colorado Chapter will conclude our season of special events with their “Celebrating Community Heroes” event on Thursday, June 6, at the Hilton in Fort Collins. Visit redcross.org/Colorado for more information and to purchase tickets.

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