Orange County Heroes Nomination

Please use the form below to nominate your hero. You can also submit your nomination using the downloadable Nomination Form at
This year, we will honor local heroes in the following categories: 

Community Hero: Presented to a person that has demonstrated outstanding heroism, skill, commitment or resourcefulness in attempt to save one or more lives by utilizing skills aligned with those taught in American Red Cross programs such as CPR/AED/First Aid or other health and preparedness training.

Youth Hero (age 18 or younger):  Presented to a youth in the community who has demonstrated courage, initiative and/or compassion in the spirit of the American Red Cross in service to another individual or the welfare of the region.

Animal Welfare Hero: Presented to an animal that has protected a human or another animal in a time of need, to a person who has rescued an animal from a traumatic situation, to an animal that is making a difference to impact someone’s life, or to an individual involved in the care of animals.

Service to the Armed Forces Hero: Presented to a member of the armed forces (active or retired, commissioned or non-commissioned) whose heroic action(s) demonstrated exceptional courage or improved the welfare of the military community. This award may also be presented posthumously and may be awarded to ROTC members or civilians/organizations that have made a significant impact on the military community.

First Responder Hero: Presented to a professional or volunteer serving as a law enforcement official, firefighter, first responder or responder in the medical or healthcare field. This award is presented to a person or persons who has exhibited heroism in their response to an emergency, on or off-duty, through acts of courage or selflessness.

Corporate Hero: A business or organization that has contributed significantly to the American Red Cross and/or made a positive impact in our community.

Give Life Hero: An individual or group that supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross through blood or platelet donations or inspiring others to give blood or platelets.

Once we receive all nominations, a judging committee will select a winner for each category.

Please use the online form below to nominate your hero. If needed, please use additional sheets, news clips or photographs to describe your nominee’s heroic act. 

Your nomination should include:
  • All of the requested contact information
  • Description explaining why your hero deserves to be recognized
  • Supporting documents such as news articles and photographs