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Do You Know a Local Hero?

Nominations for Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us Now Being Accepted

As we reflect on this holiday season, it is a time to thank those who have come to the aid of others. Many individuals have had a significant impact on our lives and the American Red Cross wants to recognize them. If you know of a local hero whose achievements deserve to be recognized, the American Red Cross wants you to nominate them.

Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us is our signature event to honor extraordinary heroes who live and work among us. Each year, we reach-out to those in our community to help nominate individuals and celebrate a seemingly selfless act of courage, bravery or an action of lifesaving responsibility. We ask our community to think about and nominate someone that has saved or changed a life or lives of others. The five categories include: Community Safety, Security & Resiliency, Emergency Response, Military, Animal Companion and Youth.

Business and community leaders review the applications and the award recipients are recognized at our signature event – Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us – held Thursday, April 18, 2013. It is attended by nearly 400 people and event proceeds help support our mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us is an annual event hosted by the American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin. We recognize and celebrate the often life-saving achievements of everyday heroes; those who have prevented life-threatening situations from occurring, come to the aid of another or contributed to the safety, security & resiliency of our community.

To nominate a hero, the following requirements must be met:

  • The specific heroic act must have occurred from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.
  • The act of courage or kindness can be ongoing or have occurred at a particular time.
  • Either the nominee must be from, or the heroic acts of courage or kindness must have occurred in Dodge, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth and/or Waukesha County.
  • If someone is nominated by a family member, an additional nomination from a person other than a family member is preferred.
  • Additional consideration will be given for any American Red Cross involvement such as: American Red Cross training, involvement with American Red Cross blood drive or donation, partnerships, collaborations or volunteerism with the American Red Cross.
  • Award recipients must be present at the Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us event and participate in a photo/video session prior to the event. If the recipient has passed since, then a family member may represent them at the event.
  • If someone has made an impact on your life we want to hear from you, as all heroes must be nominated before January 14, 2013. Visit for more information and to complete a nomination online or to download a printable form. Forms can be completed and sent to or 2600 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233. Attachment of relevant articles, video links, and/or photos is encouraged, but not required. Questions or comments should be directed to Mallory Markham at (414) 345-8645 or

    Nominees selected will be recognized at the annual American Red Cross Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us event on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

    The Southeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross serves eight counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Chapter at 414-342-8680 or or via social media.

    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.