2016 Class of Heroes

Chicago & Northern Illinois - 2016 Class of Heroes

Good Samaritan Award:

Mike Roberson of Oswego is the Good Samaritan Hero. Driving home from his uncle’s funeral after learning his own home had burned down a few days before, Roberson encountered yet a third catastrophe and stopped to help a family of nine whose van had spun off the highway and was submerged in a pond.


Chicago & Northern Illinois - 2016 Class of Heroes

Blood Services Award:

Diane Calamaras, APN, of Chicago is the Blood Services Hero. As a nurse practitioner at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Diane is an advocate for her patients as young as two months old to adults by putting them at ease during blood transfusions for chronic illnesses in a largely pediatric ward.


Chicago & Northern Illinois - 2016 Class of Heroes

Heritage Award:

David D. Hiller, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, will be honored with the prestigious Heritage Award for his leadership and actions that enhanced the welfare of the community.


Chicago & Northern Illinois - 2016 Class of Heroes

Community Impact Award:

Daniel Ivankovich, MD, medical director and co-founder of the OnePatient Global Health Initiative non-profit, is the Community Impact Hero. Dr. Ivankovich performs more than 600 surgical procedures each year on Chicago patients who are victims of gun violence and other critical injuries who cannot afford health care.


Chicago & Northern Illinois - 2016 Class of Heroes

Law Enforcement Award:

Officer Lourdes Nieto of the Chicago Police Department is the Law Enforcement Hero. Officer Nieto is helping to keep the city streets safer for young girls through educational efforts to stop the horrors of human trafficking and prostitution.


Emergency Medical Assistance Award

Emergency Medical Assistance Award:

Sergeant First Class Tony Genovese and Staff Sergeant Reserve Jeremy Adkins, both from Chicago, are the Emergency Medical Assistance Heroes. The two Illinois Army National Guardsmen saved the driver of a car on fire in the Chicago Loop, breaking the windows and pulling him to safety before emergency crews arrived.

Pictured: left to right, Tony Genovese and Jeremy Adkins


Chicago & Northern Illinois - 2016 Class of Heroes

Global Citizenship Award:

Samer Attar, MD, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University and volunteer physician with the Syrian American Medical Society and Doctors Without Borders, is the Global Citizenship Hero. Dr. Attar risks his life to save others by providing medical care at underground hospitals in the war-torn nation of Syria.


Chicago & Northern Illinois - 2016 Class of Heroes

Disaster Services Award:

Lazenia Adams of Richton Park is the Disaster Services Hero. An American Red Cross volunteer since 2014, Lazenia responded to more than 300 home fires and coordinated efforts to install 3,000 smoke alarms for families in suburban communities south of Chicago through the organization’s Home Fire Campaign, a multi-year initiative that aims to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by this everyday disaster.


Firefighter Award

Firefighter Award:

Lt. Hans Ziegenbein, Engineer Robert Bloome, Firefighter Christopher Heinz & Firefighter/EMT Felix Serrano of the Chicago Fire Department are the Firefighter Heroes. Using radar technology combined with quick decision making, the four-man crew of Fire Boat 688 of the CFD Air Sea Rescue Unit saved a sailboat captain who fell overboard in Lake Michigan 10 miles from shore.

Pictured: Top, Hans Ziegenbein and Robert Bloome. Bottom, Christopher Heinz and Felix Serrano


Chicago & Northern Illinois - 2016 Class of Heroes

Youth Award:

Caley Trepac of Plainfield is the Youth Hero. Caley, who suffers from Chiari, a neurological disorder of the brain and spine, organizes collection drives to bring thousands of stuffed animals to comfort sick children in local hospitals.


Chicago & Northern Illinois - 2016 Class of Heroes

Nurse Award:

Darice Bohne, RN, BSN, of Oswego is the Nurse Hero. Off-duty from her job as a coronary intensive care nurse at Rush University Medical Center, Darice performed lifesaving CPR on a woman who suffered cardiac arrest at an Oswego summer festival.