The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago is accepting nominations to honor local standouts at its 12th annual Heroes Breakfast in April. The Red Cross honors community members every year who have demonstrated heroism through extraordinary acts of courage or kindness. To nominate a hero, visit redcross.org/chicago/heroes or call 312-729-6388. Nominations are due Jan. 31.
Hero candidates must live or work in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry or Will counties in Illinois, or Jasper, Lake or Newton counties in Indiana. The heroic act must have taken place on or after Jan. 1, 2013. Honorees will receive a Red Cross medal of honor at an event on Wednesday, April 30 at The Fairmont Chicago.
Nominations are accepted in the following 11 categories:
• Adult Good Samaritan: an individual(s) who courageously and selflessly responded to a significant or unexpected crisis;
• Blood Services: an individual(s) or organization who promotes community blood donation awareness and helped to build the community blood supply;
• Citizenship: an individual(s) who showed concern and worked to improve the safety and well being of others;
• Community Impact: an individual(s) who displays leadership and commitment to his or her community by making a positive, noticeable and significant impact in society;
• Disaster Relief: an individual(s) who exhibited heroic efforts in response to a natural disaster or emergency situation, providing relief to victims through financial or voluntary assistance;
• Emergency Medical Assistance: an individual(s) who, during a time of crisis, provided medical assistance including CPR and/or first aid to a person or people in need;
• Firefighter: a professional or volunteer firefighter(s) who acted above and beyond the call of duty, exhibiting heroism either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community;
• Law Enforcement: a professional police officer(s) or related law enforcement official(s) who exhibited heroism either in response to an emergency situation or though an ongoing commitment to the community;
• Military: an active, reserve, ROTC, retired member(s) of the Armed Forces, or a military supporter, who acted above and beyond the call of duty;
• Nurse: a licensed and practicing nurse, nursing student, or retired nurse who exhibited heroism either in their response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community;
• Youth Good Samaritan: an individual(s) who courageously and selflessly responded to a significant or unexpected crisis.
Videos featuring last year’s local Red Cross heroes can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/chicagoredcross.
The 2014 Heroes Breakfast is made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors: Allstate, Aon, ITW, BMO Harris Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Motorola Solutions Foundation, W.W. Grainger, Inc., ComEd, Fortune Brands Home & Security, PwC, USG Corporation, Anixter International Inc., Deloitte LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago leads a regional grouping in Illinois and Northwest Indiana that serves more than 9.6 million people. Follow us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.