Submit a Heroes Nomination

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Who is your hero?

Each year, Red Cross chapters in the Northern California Coastal Region present 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. We actively seek nominees who align with one or more of the following categories:

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 American Red Cross and leave a lasting and positive impact on the residents of that particular County. Award decisions are based on the information provided by the nominator, so be detailed and include as much supporting material as possible.

  • Nominees must work or reside in the County but the heroic action does not need to have occurred in that County.
    • Alameda
    • Contra Costa
    • Del Norte
    • Humboldt
    • Lake
    • Marin
    • Mendocino
    • Monterey
    • Napa
    • San Benito
    • Santa Clara
    • Santa Cruz
    • San Francisco
    • San Mateo
    • Solano
    • Sonoma
    • The heroic action must be either an ongoing commitment to the community for more than one year or have occurred between [July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 – for a fall Heroes Breakfast] or [January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 – for a spring Heroes Breakfast]
    • Selected award recipients (Heroes) must be able to attend the Heroes Breakfast and be willing to participate in video interviews and photographs for media and promotional reasons, unless it is a posthumous award.
    If you know someone who you think is a hero but you are not sure what category they belong to or think they may belong in multiple categories, please do not hesitate to nominate them for the one category which 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.

    Heroes come in many shapes and sizes. In the past we have honored individuals, teams, companies, adults, children and even animals! We appreciate creative nominations.

    For any questions regarding the nomination form, please contact: Sharon.Jones@redcross.org.

Heroes Categories

Blood Services Hero: This award is given to someone who has played a major 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 has significantly influenced their community’s disaster preparedness, resilience, or recovery. This award may be given to an ordinary citizen or a professional first responder, whose life saving action or service to the community went above and beyond the call of duty.

Health & Safety Hero: This award is presented to an individual who has shown extraordinary courage in an emergency, used life-saving skills (such as CPR, water rescue, first aid) to assist or save the life of another, or has significantly improved the well-being of their community. This award may be given to an ordinary citizen or a medical professional, whose lifesaving action or service to the community went above and beyond the call of duty.

International Services Hero: This award is presented to someone who has provided an outstanding service to the community in the field of international services, including but 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 service members, veterans, or their families. This award also may also be given to a member of our armed forces (active, reserve, National Guard, retired, commissioned or non-commissioned) whose lifesaving action or service to the community went above and beyond the call of duty.

Heroes Nomination Form