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Nominate a Hero!

Jerry Goeders of Fort Dodge and Geoffrey Bennett of Ankeny are the 2017 Hy-Vee Heroes for Iowa and Nebraska. The awards are presented annually at the University of Iowa vs. University of Nebraska football game.

Meet our 2018 Heroes

Hero: A person admired for his/her achievements and noble qualities; one that shows great courage.

2017 Hy-Vee Hero Iowa award recipient, Jerry Goeders' heroic action saved a young girl's life.

By showing your support in nominating a hero or through sponsoring this event you are not only honoring Heroes, but you are helping support the services of the Red Cross in your community.

If you are interested in sponsoring one of our events please contact your local Red Cross office toll free at (515) 243-7681.

Do you know a hero–someone who has saved a life, made our community a safer place, or gone above and beyond to help someone in need?

Each year, Red Cross chapters in the Iowa Region present awards to local heroes. These individuals have saved lives, made significant and 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 Red Cross five lines of service in some way. These services are:

  • Disaster Services: i.e. community preparedness educator or coordinator, disaster volunteer, search and rescue

  • Health and Safety: i.e. successful CPR/AED save, choking rescue, first aid use

  • Blood Services: i.e. significant blood donor, blood drive coordinator, community blood partner/promoter

  • Service to the Armed Forces: i.e. therapy dogs, army base/hospital volunteers, military communications

  • International Services: i.e. international humanitarian law, translation services, restoring displaced families

  • Note: Heroes come in many shapes and sizes. If you know someone that you think is a hero please do not hesitate to nominate them. In the past we have honored individuals, groups, adults, children and even pets. We appreciate creative nominations!

    Deadline for the 2018 Heroes nominations is Jan. 15, 2018

    These heroes are recognized at Red Cross Heroes events throughout the year. Our Heroes will be recognized on the following dates:

    • Everyday Heroes of Northeast Iowa - March 15, 2018
      7:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast
      Holiday Inn Dubuque
      450 Main Street | Dubuque, IA

    • Central Iowa Heroes of the Heartland - March 28, 2018
      7:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
      The Iowa Events Center
      730 Third Street | Des Moines, IA

    • Ottumwa Heroes of the Heartland - To be determined

      Guidelines and Instructions:
      The candidate must live or work in a county within the Iowa Region* or the event must have occurred within one of these counties. The heroic act must be ongoing or have occurred in the 12 months preceding the Heroes event for which it is nominated.

      *The American Red Cross Iowa Region serves four chapters in: Des Moines (Central Iowa serving Adair, Adams, Appanoose, Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clarke, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Jasper, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Page, Polk, Ringgold, Shelby, Story, Taylor, Union, Wapello, Warren and Wayne counties); Cedar Rapids (South and Eastern Iowa serving Benton, Black Hawk, Des Moines, Grundy, Hardin, Henry, Iowa, Jefferson, Johnson, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Poweshiek, Tama, Van Buren and Washington counties); Dubuque (Northeast Iowa serving Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Jackson, Jones, Mitchell, Winneshiek and Worth counties); and Sioux City (North and Western Iowa serving Buena Vista, Calhoun, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Webster, Winnebago, Woodbury, Wright, Dakota, NE and Union, SD counties.)

      For information about the event, making a nomination or sponsorship opportunities please call your local Red Cross office or contact Cathy Utterson at (515) 471-8338 or catherine.utterson@redcross.org.

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