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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Red Cross Selects the Pueblo 2014 Hometown Heroes Humanitarian Award

Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix to receive award February 13, 2014
Story by William Fortune

Medal of Honor recipient
Drew Dix
The Red Cross Pikes Peak Area Chapter has selected Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix for the Humanitarian Hero award for the annual Hometown Heroes event for 2014.

Drew Dix is usually a private person but he is very well known in Pueblo, Colorado.  He considers Pueblo his home town and is one of four Medal of Honor recipients that have earned Pueblo the tile of “Home of Heroes”. Born in New York, but raised in Pueblo, he is best known for his Medal of Honor, his support for Veterans, his love for Pueblo and for co-founding the Center for American Values. Dix received the Medal of Honor from President Lyndon Johnson in 1969 for his actions during the Vietnam War. His citation reads, “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty”.  He was the first enlisted man in Special Forces to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Drew Dix signs a giant thank-you banner in Pueblo
Dix distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while serving as a unit advisor in Vietnam. His personal heroic actions resulted in 14 confirmed Viet Cong killed in action and possibly 25 more, the capture of 20 prisoners, 15 weapons and the rescue of 14 United States and free world civilians.

Dix has always been a strong support of the American Red Cross and its Service to Armed Forces program. “The Red Cross has supported our Armed Forces for a very long time,” Dix said. “That symbol has always been the symbol of caring for the American service member; it is a friendly face far from home.”

The Hometown Heroes event grew out of a desire to develop an event that is closely related to the mission of the American Red Cross – responding in times of emergency. The annual Hometown Heroes Dinner honors that longstanding tradition of heroism by recognizing local individuals who have made a difference through their individual acts of courage.

“We are excited that Drew Dix has been chosen for our Humanitarian Award in 2014,” said Tom Gonzalez, CEO for the Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter. “Drew exemplifies the spirit of humanitarianism in Pueblo and he has always been a strong proponent of the American Red Cross.”

The 2014 Hometown Heroes Dinner will be held on February 13 at the Pueblo Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. Anyone interested in attending and/or sponsoring this event please contact Tom Gonzalez at 719-785-2701, or by email at Thomas.gonzalez@redcross.org.

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