Each year, in the early spring, we nominate local heroes
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Who is your hero?

Each year the American Red Cross of the California Northwest presents awards to local heroes. These individuals have saved lives, made significant positive differences in their communities in the areas of emergency response, disaster preparedness, and prevention, or exemplified the Red Cross mission in some way.

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Heroes Categories

Heroes come in many shapes and sizes. In the past, we have honored individuals, teams, companies, adults, children and even animals! We actively seek nominees who align with one or more of the following categories:

  • Animal Hero: This award honors an animal that has protected a human in a time of need or a human who has rescued an animal from a traumatic situation.
  • Blood Services Hero: This award is given to someone who has played a significant role in efforts to promote and build the community’s lifesaving blood supply or has been a part of scientific advancements to the biomedical community.
  • Disaster Services Hero: This award is presented to an individual who has shown extraordinary courage in the face of a disaster or emergency, or made a significant contribution to their community’s disaster preparedness, resilience, or recovery.
  • Education Hero: This award is given to a professional or volunteer educator (in elementary, middle school, high school, college or adult education) whose actions have had a profound influence on their student(s) or members of their community.
  • Environment Hero: This award is given to an individual who has had a significant impact on the protection and caring for the environment and is vital in changing the way their community cares for the environment.
  • First Responder Hero: This award is given to a professional first responder, such as a police officer, deputy sheriff, firefighter, search & rescue team member, or 911 dispatcher, whose lifesaving action or service to the community goes above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Healthcare Hero: This award is given to a healthcare professional, such as a physician, paramedic, or nurse, whose life-saving actions or service to the community went above and beyond the call of duty. This award honors an extraordinary commitment to saving/improving lives or treating illnesses.
  • Humanitarian Hero - Adult: This award is given to an ordinary citizen (adult) who used life-saving skills (such as CPR, water rescue, or first aid) to assist or save the life of another or to a person whose actions have made a significant contribution toward the betterment of his or her community.
  • Humanitarian Hero - Youth: This award is given to an ordinary citizen (youth) who used life-saving skills (such as CPR, water rescue or first aid) to assist or save the life of another or to a person whose actions have made a significant contribution toward the betterment of his or her community.
  • International Services Hero: This award is presented to someone who has provided outstanding service to the community in the field of international services, including but not limited to international humanitarian aid, refugee support, restoring displaced families, etc.
  • Service to the Armed Forces Hero: This award is given to someone who has provided exceptional support to armed forces services members, veterans, or their families. This award may also be given to a member of our armed forces (active, reserve, National Guard, retired, commissioned or non-commissioned) whose lifesaving actions or service to the community went above and beyond the call of duty.
  • *Note: Awards in all categories may be awarded posthumously.

    If you know someone whom you think is a hero but you are not sure what category they belong to or think they may belong to multiple categories, please do not hesitate to nominate them for the one category that your hero qualifies for the most. When hero nominations are reviewed, they will be placed in the best or multiple categories if qualified. Please note that a hero may not be selected for every category.

    Nomination Rules
    The Heroes award recipients will be selected by a committee of local community leaders based on the degree to which their actions uphold the values of the Red Cross and leave a lasting and positive impact on the residents of California Northwest. Award decisions are based on the information provided by the nominator, so be detailed and include as much supporting material as possible.
  • All nominees must work or reside in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, or Sonoma Counties. The heroic acts may have occurred elsewhere.
  • The heroic event must be either an ongoing to the community for more than one year or have taken place with in one year of the current years heroes event.
  • All nominees must be able to attend the Real Heroes Breakfast and be willing to participate in video interviews and photographs for media and promotional reasons unless it is a posthumous award.
  • For more information about the event visit redcross.org/CalNWHeroes2018. If you have questions about the nomination and selection process, please contact Pamela Baird at HeroesCANW@redcross.org or call 707-577-7604
  • Ways to Nominate

    Download PDF nomination form. Please fill out all information and provide supporting photos and newspaper articles. Incomplete forms will not be considered. Submit the PDF form via:

    Mail: American Red Cross of the California Northwest

    Attn: Heroes Selection Committee

    5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

    Fax: (707) 577-7621

    Email: HeroesCANW@redcross.org

    Nominations