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Red Cross 7th Annual "Everyday Heroes" Awards Packs the House

Red Cross hero award winners
"This selflessness embodies the work that Red Cross volunteers around the world do every single day.”

The Southern Nevada chapter of the American Red Cross marked its 7th year honoring heroes in our community this morning by celebrating “everyday people” and the heroic things they’ve done in our community. The Everyday Heroes Awards is a way in which the Red Cross honors people who personify the American Red Cross mission of service and help in the community.

Everyday Heroes are all around us – the good Samaritan who intervenes when someone is in an accident, or the watchful neighbor seeing a neighbor’s need. These awards shine light on selflessness of heart and heroism of character. Scott Emerson, CEO of the Southern Nevada Red Cross chapter said, “The Red Cross sees a perfect fit in honoring people who’ve gone the extra mile on behalf of someone else, or have risked their lives for the sake of another. This selflessness embodies the work that Red Cross volunteers around the world do every single day.”

Awards were given to our winners in the following categories:

Adult Good Samaritan – extraordinary act of heroism or courage older than 18

– Elicea Monte, recognized for quick thinking in saving an infant from choking while Elicea was working at her job at the Bellagio.

Youth Good Samaritan - extraordinary act of heroism or courage 18 or below

– Diego and Draven Avila, who, together, went back into their burning home to save their 14 year old brother.

Military – actions above and beyond call of duty by armed forces member

– SMSgt Tammy Killen, came upon the scene of a serious car accident and stabilized the passenger until emergency personnel arrived.

Firefighter – professional or citizen for courageous actions in a fire

– Carpenter 1 Firefighters, through their dedicated efforts, they were able to preserve the homes of several hundred residents of Mt. Charleston and allow for their safe return.

Law Enforcement – actions above and beyond call of duty by law enforcement agent

– NHP Trooper Robert Borchardt, who, while on shift, happened to see smoke rising from a home from which he rescued 4 teens who were unaware of the danger they were in.

International Services – individual, group or company recognizing humanitarian efforts

– Metropolitan Community Church-Las Vegas, The members of MCC-LV look to developing countries every year to assist far away communities. This year, the members have raised money for bed nets to help save more than 900 children from malaria.

Animal Rescue – animal saving a human, citizen saving an animal’s life, or professional caring for animals.

– Stephanie Combs, rescues and finds homes for dogs that have been injured or have been in involved in dog fighting.

Aquatics – lifeguard or citizen who prevented a water-related injury or drowning

– Dilon Baker and Manny Mayorga, saved a woman and her infant from drowning after the woman stopped breathing following a seizure.

Medical Professional – actions above and beyond the call of duty by a doctor, nurse or EMT

– Dr. Alexandra Walsh, founded the Pediatric Survivorship Clinic to help children in remission from cancer stay healthy and active.

Community Impact – commitment by a group, neighborhood organization or a local company with a consistent commitment to making Southern Nevada a safer and more compassionate community

– Laurie Willmott, founder of Spirit Therapies – a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans heal from physical and mental challenges through equestrian therapy.

Community Service – individual recognized for their volunteer efforts in their community

– Cameron Cheal, volunteers to be on-call three weekends per month with Trauma Intervention Program (TIP), a local nonprofit that helps provide people with “emotional first aid” for victims of emergencies ranging from sexual assaults to suicides.

The 7th annual Everyday Heroes awards were presented at an awards breakfast on October 17, 2013 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel at 7:30 am. This year's event was presented by the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross and Caesar’s Entertainment, with generous support from 8 News Now and their Community Pride Partners: NV Energy, Findlay Automotive Group and the offices of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez.