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2018 Heroes

COMMUNITY HERO: Kim Mosiman

COMMUNITY HERO: Kim Mosiman

Presented by: IQ Credit Union

During the September 2017 Eagle Creek wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge, Kim Mosiman mobilized her vast network of animal owners and volunteers to coordinate a rescue effort for livestock and large pets in the path of the wildfire. Mosiman runs a nonprofit horse rescue group and she, along with multiple property owners across the state, provided shelter and food to animals that were evacuated from the fire path. Thanks to Mosiman’s efforts, more than 500 animals were saved from the danger presented by the massive Eagle Creek Fire.



GOOD SAMARITAN HERO: Joshua Vincent

GOOD SAMARITAN HERO: Joshua Vincent

Presented by: Waste Connections

Joshua Vincent, a Clark Public Utilities employee, answered a customer’s phone call last March that ended up saving that customer’s life. The female customer didn’t realize she was experiencing a medical emergency during the phone call, but Vincent could tell something was wrong. Her speech was slowed, she was having trouble keeping details straight and she had mentioned a doctor’s appointment early in the conversation. Vincent kept the customer on the phone while he summoned an ambulance so that she could be transported to the hospital. The customer was moments away from having a stroke, and her doctors said that had Vincent not called the ambulance when he did, she likely would have died.



FIRST RESPONDER HERO: Scott Kohler, Matt Towner

FIRST RESPONDER HERO: Scott Kohler, Matt Towner and Clackamas Fire District #1

Presented by: Paul Davis Restoration

In September of 2017, firefighters Scott Kohler and Matt Towner, along with crews from Clackamas Fire District #1 responded to a two-alarm house fire in Happy Valley, Oregon, where a woman was trapped inside the burning home. Firefighters Kohler and Towner entered the burning structure and ascended stairs to the second floor where the woman was trapped, with the carpet melting to their feet from the extreme heat. By the time they found the woman, the only safe way out of the house was through the upstairs window. As they waited for a ladder to be brought to the window from one of the fire engines, the firefighters hung from the window by rope with the woman sitting in Kohler’s lap as he balanced against the side of the fully engulfed house. The ladder arrived, and the firefighters helped the woman to the ground, where she was treated by EMS for extensive burns and smoke inhalation. The woman was quickly transported to the Legacy Emmanuel’s burn center in Portland and ultimately recovered from her injuries. She is alive today and thankful for the brave actions of Firefighters Kohler and Towner.



GIVE LIFE HERO: Brandon Parsons

GIVE LIFE HERO: Brandon Parsons

Presented by: IPCE

In October of 2016, Brandon Parsons was at work on a construction site when he was suddenly struck by a vehicle that had veered out of its lane and slammed directly into the paving machine that Parsons was working on. The accident left Parsons with injuries so severe that his right leg had to be amputated and he required multiple surgeries. His injuries resulted in him needing 29 units of blood products to replace the blood he had lost. Parsons is alive and well today because of the lifesaving blood he received while receiving medical care. As an avid blood donor, after he was released from the hospital, Parsons wanted to do something to give back. In November 2017, he organized a blood drive through which 34 pints of blood were collected, helping save the lives of up to 102 patients in need. Brandon continues to be a regular blood donor and is thankful for other donors who supplied the blood to save his life.



MILITARY HERO: Crystal Purdy

MILITARY HERO: Crystal Purdy

Presented by: Dick Hannah Dealerships

Crystal Purdy works at Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Portland. Through her work, she partners with Dignity Memorial to provide final arrangements for U.S. veterans who have no close friends or family to lay them to rest. In addition to helping provide this service, Purdy volunteers with local veterans’ groups outside of work, including the Portland chapter of Team Red, White and Blue, a group dedicated to enriching the lives of veterans by engaging them with their community through physical and social activity.



YOUTH GOOD SAMARITAN HERO: Zach Rodgers

YOUTH GOOD SAMARITAN HERO: Zach Rodgers

Presented by: Banner Bank

Zach Rodgers was watching television with his family on November 6, 2017, when his father, Ryan, suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Without hesitation, Zach immediately began performing CPR on his father while his mother and sister called 911. He continued doing CPR for several minutes until emergency medical services arrived and transported Ryan by Life Flight to the hospital. Zach’s quick thinking and immediate action kept his father alive until first responders arrived.



VOLUNTARY SERVICE HERO: Jack Crowell

VOLUNTARY SERVICE HERO: Jack Crowell

Presented by: The Partners Group

Jack Crowell is an extraordinary Red Cross volunteer whose knowledge and skills are vast and his dedication, overwhelming. On one particular day in 2017, he made a blood courier drive from Bend to Burns, OR, stopped along the way to make four separate smoke alarm installations and, once in Burns, trained a new volunteer on how to conduct smoke alarm installation home visits. Crowell is also a Disaster Action Team member, and he responds to disasters big and small, locally and across the country, including deployments to California, North Carolina and Florida to aid Red Cross disaster relief efforts. His tireless dedication to the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign and disaster relief efforts makes him our 2018 Voluntary Service Hero.