Spirit of the Heroes Awards – Centre Communities

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Spirit of the Heroes
Nominate a Hero!

Someone who has done something extraordinary for someone else this year? Someone who has saved life or responded courageously to a disaster? Now is your chance to honor them. The American Red Cross is seeking nominations for the inaugural Spirit of the Heroes Awards for Centre, Mifflin & Juniata counties.

Every day ordinary people make extraordinary contributions by putting their needs aside to help others in our community. The American Red Cross is honored to salute these unsung heroes. Your hero might be a lifeguard who saved a drowning child, an ordinary citizen who performed CPR when a stranger collapsed at a shopping mall, or who saved a neighbor’s beloved pets from a fire.

Award Categories

  • Adult Good Samaritan: Presented to an ordinary citizen above the age of 21, for an extraordinary act of heroism or courage
  • Youth Good Samaritan: Presented to an ordinary citizen under the age of 21, for an extraordinary act of heroism or courage
  • Military: Presented to a member of the armed forces (active or retired, commissioned or non-commissioned) whose lifesaving action went above and beyond the call of duty. Heroic actions could have taken place elsewhere—this award may be awarded posthumously
  • Fire Fighter: Presented to a professional or volunteer firefighter or emergency dispatch operator whose lifesaving action went above and beyond the call of duty
  • Law Enforcement: Presented to a law enforcement agent whose lifesaving actions went above and beyond the call of duty
  • International Service: Presented to an individual, group or company in recognition of their commitment to humanitarian efforts in other parts of the world
  • Animal Rescue: Presented to an animal that saved the life of a human, an ordinary citizen who used life saving skills to save the life of an animal(s), or to a professional involved in the care of animals
  • Aquatics: Presented to a lifeguard or ordinary citizen whose lifesaving action was able to prevent a serious water-related injury or drowning
  • Medical Professional: Presented to a doctor, nurse or EMT whose lifesaving actions went above and beyond the call of duty
  • Community Impact: Presented to a community group, neighborhood organization or local company that consistently demonstrates a commitment to making central PA a safer and more compassionate community

Nomination Guidelines


  • Nomination deadline is March 9, 2015
  • Nominees must live, work, or have performed the heroic act in Centre, Mifflin, or Juniata counties
  • Heroic act must have been performed between February 1, 2014 and February 1, 2015
  • Hero nominees, their nominators and/or the person who was saved must be available for videotaped interviews during mid-March through mid-April
  • Nominees must be available to attend the Spirit of the Heroes Awards
  • Awards held May 21, 2015 at Celebration Hall in State College, PA from 5:00-7:00pm