Saluting Our Heroes - Nominate a Hero

Every day, people in our community perform heroic deeds with little or no fanfare. During the Saluting Our Heroes Breakfast, American Red Cross honors individuals or groups whose extraordinary acts of courage and kindness make them a hero and our community a safer and healthier place to work and live

We ask you to nominate the heroes who have inspired you. Tell us your hero’s story and submit it by August 31, 2017.

The Red Cross will present awards to local heroes in seven categories detailed below at our Saluting Our Heroes Awards Breakfast on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington.

Tickets are $35 each. For tickets, please call 662-0500.

Award Categories:

Armed Forces:

An active, retired or reserve personnel who acted above and beyond the call of duty.

Good Samaritan:

An individual or group who acted selflessly in helping others in need.

Health and Safety:

A person or group whose actions have had a positive impact on the health and safety of an individual or group of individuals in the community.


A volunteer from the area who serves outside the community as an outstanding ambassador to the outside world.

Public Service:

A public employee, volunteer, firefighter, or law enforcement officer who acted above and beyond the call of duty.


A volunteer who made a positive difference, or displayed outstanding leadership and commitment to our community through their volunteer efforts.


A youth under age 21 for an act of heroism involving an unusual, significant or unexpected incident requiring a “heroic” reaction in a crisis, or an extended charitable commitment.

Please explain why you are nominating this person or group for a Saluting Our Heroes award. Be sure to include any additional supporting materials, such as news articles, police reports, photos, etc. Please provide your narrative in less than 300 words. All nominations must be received by August 31, 2017.

Essay Information

Please answer the following questions in the essay:

• What actions and/or deeds make your nominee a hero?

• What impact has this person made on your life, the life of others and/or the community?

Nominations must be submitted by August 31, 2017.

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