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American Red Cross to Honor King County Heroes

This year’s heroes are a reminder of the power of the human spirit and how everyone can help make our community safe and strong. - Randy Hutson

The American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties announced today that it will honor 12 people for heroic acts at its 16th Annual Heroes Breakfast on Tuesday, March 27, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

“This year’s heroes are a reminder of the power of the human spirit and how everyone can help make our community safe and strong,” said Randy Hutson, regional chief executive officer for the American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters. “They truly exemplify the humanitarian mission of the Red Cross.”

The annual breakfast raises critical funds that help support local Red Cross programs and services. Puget Sound Energy and Costco Wholesale are this year’s leadership sponsors. Award sponsors include PEMCO Insurance, The Boeing Company, Philips Healthcare, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Safeco Insurance and Kimberly Harris/American Red Cross Tiffany Circle. Guests must RSVP ahead of time to 206.709.4536.


· Youth Service in Action Award – Alexander Beaumont of Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood for his emergency preparedness efforts in the Queen Anne, Interbay and Magnolia communities.

· Commitment to Community Award – Amal Bouman Ali of Seattle and Irene Diaz Soto of Seattle for their volunteer work with local refugee and immigrant communities.

· Good Samaritan Award – Bryan Howard of Buckley for rescuing an Enumclaw teen from a severe tractor accident.

· Nature Rescue Award – Jason Mark of North Bend and Eric Zender of Shoreline for saving the life of a 4-year-old girl who nearly drowned.

· Water Rescue Award – John and Cary Atzbach of Redmond for saving the life of an 11-year-old boy who was nearly crushed and drowned.

· Fire Rescue Award – Luanne Swett-LaChance and Renea Zosel of Maple Valley for saving their next door neighbor’s six children and the family’s livelihood from a house fire.

· Compassion in Action Award – George Ure of Kirkland for his volunteer efforts and dedication to emergency preparedness.

· Medical Rescue Award – Todd Short of Kenmore for saving the life of a heart attack victim.

The American Red Cross is a non-profit, humanitarian agency dedicated to helping make families and communities safer at home and around the world. For more information, visit, or