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Local Heroes honored at 2013 Real Heroes Breakfast in Northern NV

2013 Real Heroes
The American Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter honored local heroes at the 10th Annual American Red Cross Real Heroes Celebration on March 28, 2013.

Every now and then, an unselfish action on behalf of a neighbor, a co-worker or even a stranger can change another person’s destiny and, at the same time, our own.


The American Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter honored local heroes at the 10th Annual American Red Cross Real Heroes Celebration on March 28, 2013. The breakfast was sponsored in part by Nevada State Bank, while KTVN Channel 2 News Wendy Damonte emcee’ d the event. The attendees were treated with musical selections from special guests from the UNR School of Music, Nevada Army National Guard State Honor Guard, and Haley Forsyth.

The accomplishments and sacrifices of deserving heroes were recognized with special certificates and awards from the Red Cross, Senator Harry Reid, Congressman Mark Amodei and Senator Dean Heller.

The 2013 Red Cross Hero Award winners are:

Adult Good Samaritan: Michael Bird;

Youth Good Samaritan: Tiffany Day;

Public Safety Hero: Jose Gonzalez;

Animal Hero: Squaw Dogs and the Alpine Patrol Dogs;

Education Hero: Daryl Drake;

Fire Fighter Hero: Chad Richards

Law Enforcement Hero: Washoe County Dispatch;

Medical Hero: REMSA Medical Crew: Matt Dixon, Steve Schroder, Sara Dixon;

Military Hero: LtCol JoAnn Meacham;

Community Impact Hero: NV Energy Response to Washoe Drive Fire;

Community Service Hero: Jon Yuspa; Robert Larkin

This year the Red Cross and many other organizations stepped up to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Organizations across the country, in addition to the American Red Cross, sprang into action to do what they could to help others in need. Here in Northern Nevada, The Red Cross and Governor Sandoval wanted to help recognize those who gave their time and resources to help those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Honorees included:

ServPro- Robert Massey, Wyatt Watson, Chad Koffler, Mike Grashuis

NV Energy- Paul Grunenwald, Russ Morrison, Ryan Parks, Rob Herrington, Chris Laux, Mark Newman, Jim Reagan, Ryan Peterson

American Red Cross Northern Nevada Chapter Volunteers- Paige Shaw, William Shaw, Dawnda Smith, Kevin Masters, Carol Parkhurst, Cyndy Hallam, Rebecca Tackett, Maureen Koski, Darlene Pearson, Gayl Thomas, Joyce Allen, Virginia Winings, Danel Lipparelli, Karli Epstein, Susan Kennedy, Karen Solberg, Judi Edwards, Dave Edwards, Jere Phipps, Dale Kiriaze, Kelly Phillips, Bailey Billington-Benson, Betsy Morse, Ginger Elsner, Walt Ducker, John Lusk, Nancy Barrett, Todd Byrns, Leon Taylor, Kelly Boyd, Sabrina Amon, Christine Chapman, Russell Elsner.

The event was sponsored by AT&T; Atlantis Casino and Spa; Bank of America; Bonanza Casino; Evans, Nelson & Company; GE Energy; KTVN, Channel 2 News; Nevada State Bank; Northern Nevada Business Weekly; Northern Nevada Medical Center; NV Energy; Professional Fire Fighters Nevada; REMSA; Renown; Reno Fire Department Administrators Association; Reno Gazette Journal; Round Mountain Gold Corp.; Southwest Gas; THS Visuals; US Bank; Wells Fargo.

The Red Cross is grateful for the businesses who stepped up to help honor the local heroes who inspired many through their actions to make our community a safer and better place to live.

For more information about future events or the Red Cross, please call (775) 856-1000 or stop by your local American Red Cross office located at 1190 Corporate Blvd., Reno, NV.