Hannah Brown - Humanitarian of the Year
Hannah was honored by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and profiled by Ebony Magazine in their January 1991 100 Most Promising Black Women in Corporate America. As a retiree Hannah has continued to inspire as the President of 3 the Urban Chamber of Commerce as well as on a number of community and educational boards. In September of 2007, the UCC Board of Directors named her as President Emerita in recognition of 10 years of service as a board member and eight years as president. In 2009, UCC created a 501 © (3) which was respectfully named The Hannah Brown Community Development Corporation.Hannah gained approval for a 4-million dollar grant from the Centennial Committee to refurbish the Historical Westside School.
Hannah presents annually to the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Las Vegas Program on the history of segregated Las Vegas. A scholarship fund to assist students in getting a college education is named after her, and administered through the Las Vegas Urban Chamber of Commerce. Hannah mentors many up-and-coming community business leaders, and is on the Valley Health System (VHS) Board of Governors.
Firefighter – Anthony Robone
On October 1, 2017 Anthony was off duty and attended the Harvest Festival with his girlfriend and brother, Nicholas Robone. Nicholas was shot in the upper left chest and was spitting up blood. After Anthony provided basic first aid to his brother with limited supplies he was able to transport his brother to the hospital, and stayed behind for hours performing triage, first aid, and loading the wounded into ambulances and pick-up trucks bound for the hospital.
After finding out that his brother was going to survive Anthony went to work in Sunrise Hospital’s emergency room helping to triage and treat patients as they arrived. After spending five days in intensive care Nicholas survived and is expected to make a full recovery.
Military – Senior Airman Linda Wilson
During the October 1 mass casualty event, Linda selflessly provided life-saving trauma intervention to at least 20 gunshot victims. She loaded eight critical patients into passing vehicles and accompanied them to University Trauma Center. Upon arrival she led triage, ensuring the most critical patients were treated first.
Airman Wilson credits her lifesaving interventions to her Air Force training and did not hesitate one moment to jump in and save lives. She not only delivers trusted care to the patients she serves, but is also a true hero who ran towards gunfire instead of away, saving countless lives in the process. Her leadership, selflessness, and dedication signify what it means to be an Everyday Hero.
Military – Staff Sergeant Michael H. Engen
On October 1, 2017, immediately after the mass shooting began, Staff Sergeant Michael H. Engen escorted two individuals to a safe area and then, undaunted by continuous gunfire, and with compete disregard for his own personal safety, returned to the scene. After carrying multiple victims to a nearby triage tent, he identified three, potentially mortally injured victims, and began chest compressions on an individual who had stopped breathing. As the night transitioned to morning, Staff Sergeant Engen managed to direct approximately 200 attendees to safety, and provided Self Aid Buddy Care to eight wounded individuals.
Community Impact – Trauma Intervention Program of Southern Nevada (TIP of Southern Nevada)
In the wake of the 1 October , mass casualty event, TIP volunteers worked around the clock to provide much needed support to the victims and families as well as providing support and debriefings to emergency responders not only the day of the shooting but for several days after. In the days following the shooting, volunteers responded to 12 hospital calls, 13 hospital staff debriefings, and one home death notification. TIP helped families transport their loved ones back home, secured hotel rooms, provided rental cars, and made funeral arrangements. While emergency responders were out on the front lines doing their job, TIP volunteers were working right alongside them.
Community Service – Jeff Davis
Through his 10 years with Three Square, Jeff Davis has demonstrated that an individual can indeed make a significant impact on his community. His contributions include volunteer service, ongoing recruitment of new volunteers, and providing hundreds of turkeys during the holiday season to families in need. Jeff holds a strong passion for helping others especially when it involves ending childhood hunger. With more than 300 hours of service, Jeff is clearly making a difference in the lives of children. Every Thursday, Jeff and approximately 30 volunteers help pack close to 3,000 weekend meal bags for kids. With one in four children in southern Nevada living in a food insecure household these weekend meals are of vital importance to the youngest members of our community.
Law Enforcement – State Trooper, Shawn Eckert
As the gunfire and chaos erupted on 1 October, Sgt. Eckert took the time to assist as many wounded patrons as he could towards areas of safety. He then received a call from a co-worker whose daughter was at the concert and needed help to escape. Without regard for his personal safety he returned to the venue under fire and was able to locate her and escort her to safety. There can be no doubt that without Sgt. Eckert’s assistance and bravery one or more of the people who he assisted would likely have died.
Law Enforcement – State Trooper, Adam Whitmarsh
During 1 October, State Trooper, Adam Whitmarsh was attending the concert with his family when the shooting started. He immediately rushed his family to safety but then let his wife know that he was going back in to assist others. He went to the medical tent where he noticed 20-30 victims lying on the ground screaming, and he immediately began to apply tourniquets to the victims. He then remained outside the tent where he noticed numerous people carrying victims to the tent. Adam noticed a girl screaming at the top of her lungs and he rushed to save her by making a tourniquet to stop profuse bleeding of the gunshot wound on her left arm.
Adult Good Samaritan – Fernandez Leary
Fernandez Leary was at the Route 91 concert when the shooting started. He assisted with helping triage patients, and many times used his powerful voice to offer directions to the mass crowd. He made sure that the medics could do their job without interference from the hysterical crowd. When someone yelled “there is a shooter on the roof”, he helped direct the patients and crowd inside. He was the last one to go inside making sure all were safe. He spoke to the people and calmed them when they were panicked, and made sure that they did not go outside. Once everyone was in a safe position Fernandez followed hotel security around the Tropicana looking for more injured. His bravery and dedication saved countless lives during this event.
Youth Good Samaritan – Katie Fulks
Katie Fulks a 6th grader received a sewing machine for Christmas. According to her mother Elizabeth Fulks, “for the past five years Katie has come up with a different project to give back, even on her birthday she would rather give than receive.” This year Katie decided to raise money for sick kids in the hospital by making special bears. She calls them Timmy Boo Boo Bears in honor of a young boy who recently passed away. She sells the bears for $5.00 each and, to date has raised more than $1,000 for the children’s ward at Mountain View and Sunrise Hospitals.
Youth Good Samaritan – Nora Paulos
In the aftermath of 1 October, Nora Paulos, a student from Faith Lutheran High school, organized a blood drive to help her friends who were injured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert. She planned, recruited and organized the event with the assistance of the Red Cross. On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Nora, with the help of her fellow students, was able to recruit 45 donors who provided 37 pints of blood, which was estimated to have saved more than 111 lives. Nora hopes to make this an annual blood drive for her school and the community.
Medical Professional – THE 21
On October 1, 2017, 16 medical professionals were providing on site medial support at the concert and five (5) more were off duty with their families. The night quickly turned from helping those intoxicated and dehydrated, to dodging bullets to help the wounded. As gunfire continued, and individuals were injured, THE 21 Community Ambulance team heroically pulled as many of the injured as they could into the first-aid structure. The team also helped under the stage, even in the face of personal injury. In the medical tent, THE 21 remained strong and continued to use their training and whatever supplies they had available. They were the FIRST to begin assessing, triaging, and treating the wounded. THE 21 heroes brought some sense of order, to increasing levels of chaos, as quickly as possible. THE 21 offered care and facilitated the response of scores of other responders within those first critical minutes and saved countless lives.
Animal Rescue—Marc Melendez
Marc helped save Duke, a 7-pound Chihuahua, from a vicious dog attack. While Duke was being walked by his owner, Mary Dindinger, a Pitbull dog attacked him. Mary, who describes herself as a small petite woman, could not remove the attacking dog from the little 7-pound Chihauhua. But, she then stumbled upon her hero. “My neighbor Marc sprang into action and help save my little boy Duke,” said Mary. Marc was able to distract the attacking dog while Mary was able to snatch Duke and rush him to the hospital. “Duke is getting better every day and it is thanks to Marc that he is still alive, said Mary. I will forever be grateful to Marc for his heroism,” the owner added.