Award Recipients

2016 Everyday Heroes Award Recipients

Adult Good Samaritan - Michael Jones

Adult Good Samaritan - Michael Jones

On a chilly, Southern Nevada evening, Michael Jones heard screams coming from outside of his home. Michael looked out his window to see what was happening and he noticed a horrific crash had occurred down the street involving a car and motorcycle. Michael bolted out of his home towards the crash without any socks, shoes or a shirt. He performed CPR on the unresponsive victim, ultimately reviving the complete stranger and saving his life.


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Animal Rescue - Fitz & Ashley Bannister (Dogs) Barry Bannister (Owner)

Barry Bannister was out for a hike with his dogs, and his friend’s dogs when he noticed something was wrong. As his Yorkie started crying, coyotes attacked the hiker and his four-legged companions from all sides. Fitz, an Irish Wolfhound and Ashley, a German Shepherd, helped fight off the attackers. Barry performed first-aid on his injured pets and rushed them to the hospital where two of his animals endured 12 hours of surgery. His quick thinking and military training helped save his companions’ lives.


Aquatics - Peyton Howe

Aquatics - Peyton Howe

Peyton Howe, a lifeguard at a local pool, heard commotion near her post. Without hesitation, Peyton ran to the scene to find a person in cardiac arrest. Peyton began performing CPR on the victim while one of her colleagues set up the AED. After Peyton’s 10 long minutes of CPR and AED use, the victim began to breath on his own again. He was transported to a local hospital, conscious and breathing.


Community Impact - South Sudan Center of America

Community Impact - South Sudan Center of America

The South Sudan Center of America is a vital resource for the South Sudanese people in Nevada. They facilitate dialogue, education and youth-focused programs that promote knowledge, hope and compassion. This organization is led by founder Biar Atem, one of the ‘Lost Boys of Sudan,’ who fled the country when war broke out between North Sudan and South Sudan. Biar eventually resettled in Las Vegas where he earned a Masters of Business Administration and founded the South Sudan Center of America.


Community Service - Donna Gamble

Community Service - Donna Gamble

Donna Gamble has been foster mother to many young children for the last 10 years. In fact, Donna has opened her home and her heart to nearly 100 children. Donna, a full-time executive assistant, does not skip a beat when it comes to caring for her ‘littles,’ as she calls them. She takes them to doctor’s appointments and playdates, reads them stories, and tells them their special and loved. As Donna says, “It’s easier to nurture a child than to fix a broken adults.”


Fire Fighter - Anthony Bruno

Fire Fighter - Anthony Bruno

Anthony Bruno was leaving work at 2:00am and driving home when he noticed a serious crash. Anthony, a dispatcher at the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Fire Alarm Office, decided to pull off the roadway and watch the crews work. As the patients were transported to hospitals and the scene began to clear, Anthony walked back to his vehicle on the opposite side of the road. He heard moans coming from the dark desert. Upon further investigation into the noises, he found another vehicle involved in the crash with someone badly injured and trapped inside. Anthony quickly alerted the responders to the dark ditch in the desert where the new victim was, ultimately saving the person’s life.


International Service - Grace Church

International Service - Grace Church

Pastor Meye of Grace Church has seen his church send mission teams to Mexico, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand. This past February, Grace Church assembled a team of doctors, nurses and support stay to visit four different villages in the state of Oaxaca to provide basic health care to people who otherwise have no medical options.


Law Enforcement - Lt. Jill Morrison &Sgt. Travis Snyder

Law Enforcement - Lt. Jill Morrison &Sgt. Travis Snyder

Lieutenant Morrison and Sergeant Snyder arrived at a scene of a vehicle accident and noticed flames coming from one of the vehicle’s front end. Smoke was quickly filling the inside of the car with the driver was still pinned inside. The driver could not escape and the flames began getting bigger. Climbing inside the burning vehicle, Lieutenant Morrison was able to free the trapped driver. Sergeant Snyder and Lieutenant Morrison were then able to carry the driver to safety.


Lifetime Achievement - Nellie Holleman

Lifetime Achievement - Nellie Holleman

“Momma Nellie in the big red truck” has been serving the Las Vegas area for 42 years as a volunteer. She makes various stops at local churches, rescue missions and homes to unload food, water and canned goods. These supplies are available for anyone who needs it. Even after suffering a slight heart attack, Momma Nellie and her truck keeps making her rounds around town. Nellie says, “No matter how bad you are, there is somebody else worse off than you are.”


Medical Professional - Christina Curtiss

Medical Professional - Christina Curtiss

Christina Curtiss, an Emergency Medical Technician, was working an event inside Planet Hollywood when a vehicle drove onto the sidewalk and struck dozens of pedestrians along the sidewalk. Dozens of people were injured and one person was killed. Christina, the initial first responder on the scene, immediately started tending to as many people as she could. Christina personally helped 30 people in total that night.


Military - Sr. Airman Edward Ramos

Military - Sr. Airman Edward Ramos

Senior Airman Edward Ramos was driving back to his home when he saw a car fly across the road and slam into the middle barrier on the I-15 freeway. The sedan had four passengers who were still buckled into the damaged, smoking car. As a bystander grabbed a fire extinguisher to put out the smoke, Ramos began to get people out of the car. Two people were trapped in the back seats because the doors and windows would not open. Ramos jumped through the sunroof and helped the passengers get out of the car and on to safety. To his delight, Ramos learned that no one was seriously injured in the crash.


Youth Good Samaritan - Greenspun Jr. High School

Youth Good Samaritan - Greenspun Jr. High School

Greenspun Junior High School unveiled a new message to their student body - and it is that being ‘So uncool’ is the new ‘cool.’ Molly Martin, a student at Greenspun Junior High School, says, “If bullies think that they’re cool, then we don’t want to bullies. We want to be uncool.” This new anti-bullying campaign is setting the example of how being positive and saying nice things to each other can help a campus come together.