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Heroes Honored at Red Cross Soiree in Denver

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Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and ages.

On Friday, Feb. 27, the American Red Cross honored inspiring Coloradans who saved lives, comforted critically injured strangers, responded in the midst of disaster and made a difference in their communities. 

The Red Cross presented awards to five local heroes during the American Red Cross Heroes Soiree at the Sheraton Downtown in Denver:

  • Recovery Hero – Beth Brotherton
  • Youth Hero –Mikayla Brown
  • Family Hero – the Garza Family
  • Military Hero – Neah Howard
  • Community Hero – Ranya Kelly

About the Heroes:

When floods tore her town in two, Beth Brotherton opened Jamestown Elementary school to provide a safe haven, helped connect residents with food, water and first aid while the town was cut off from outside aid, and later helped her town and her school’s students recover from the flood.  Watch her video:

When 17-year-old Mikayla Brown witnessed a terrible car accident, she didn’t become a bystander: she followed in her firefighter-grandfather’s footsteps and responded to help the teenaged driver, performing CPR until paramedics arrived. Watch her video: 

When SSgt Neah Howard deployed to Afghanistan, she not only provided lifesaving care for 28 service members critically injured in combat, she went above and beyond duty to mentor Afghan medical first responders, help locals improve their English, and safeguard her fellow service men and women. Watch her video: 

It was a typical Sunday at church for the Garza family until they returned home to find their close family friend and neighbor, Gina, collapsed on the ground at her mailbox. Fortunately for Gina, the Garzas are exactly the sort of neighbors you want to have around in an emergency; Chuck Garza and his son performed CPR on Gina, who survived the incident with no long-term damage thanks to their lifesaving actions. Watch their story: 

And when people need a helping hand up – whether after a disaster or due to tough times – they can turn to Ranya Kelly and her non-profit Redistribution Center in Wheat Ridge and Fort Carson. Ranya has collected and redistributed nearly $60 million worth of new household goods, furniture, building supplies, school supplies, clothing, and food to people in need since she founded the nonprofit, and serves more than 1,000 soldiers every month. Watch her video: 

The heroes were honored as part of American Red Cross Month, a time when the Red Cross celebrates and honors the everyday heroes in our communities. 

The Red Cross would like to thank our generous sponsors for making the event possible: