Extraordinary acts of heroism occur in our community every day. The American Red Cross of the Central Coast honors individuals with hero awards at the annual Heroes Breakfast. Help us identify our local community heroes by completing our online nomination form below and spread the word!
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.
Animal Rescue Hero: This award is given to an animal that has protected a human in a time of need or a person who has rescued an animal from a traumatic situation.
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 had a significant impact on 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 a profound influence on their student(s) or members of their community.
Environmental Hero: This award is given to an individual that has had a significant impact on the protection and caring for the environment and is vital in changing the way their community takes better care of the environment.
First Responder Hero: This award is given to a professional first responder, such as police, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, search & rescue, or 911 dispatchers, whose life saving action or service to the community goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Good Samaritan 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 in a time of emergency or has made a significant impact in improving the well-being of their community.
Good Samaritan 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 in a time of emergency or has made a significant impact in improving the well-being of their community
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 life saving action or service to the community went above and beyond the call of duty.
Medical (Healthcare) Hero: This award is given to a medical or healthcare professional, such as physicians, paramedics, nurses, whose life saving act or service to the community goes above and beyond the call of duty displaying extraordinary commitment to saving/improving lives or treating illnesses.
Selected heroes will be recognized at the Central Coast Annual Heroes Breakfast in June 16, 2017.
- Nominees for the award are 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 our county.
- All nominees must work or reside in Monterey, San Benito, or Santa Cruz Counties. The heroic acts may have occurred elsewhere.
- The heroic event must be either ongoing commitment to the community for more than one year or have occurred between January 1, 2015 -- December 31, 2016.
- Nominations must be received by Monday, February 27, 2017.
- All living nominees must be able to attend the Heroes Breakfast and willing to participate in video interviews and photographs for media and promotional reasons, unless it is a posthumous award.
- All nominee information will be shared with the awards selection committee and the general public with biographical videos.
- All information is subject to verification.
Award recipients will be selected by a committee of community leaders and notified by phone. Heroes are selected based on the degree to which their acts of heroism uphold the values of the American Red Cross and leave a lasting and positive impact on the residents of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. The awards will be presented at the 2017 Heroes Breakfast on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Twin Lakes Church, 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos, California.