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Riggs Silva Honored as Red Cross Youth Hero of the Year

Riggs Silva will be honored as the 2012 Red Cross Youth Hero of the Year at the Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on October 13, 2012. Hawaii News Now will be recognizing this week as Red Cross Heroes Week; for more information, please go to Seventeen-year-old peer mentor and Junior lifeguard, Riggs Silva, was assisting in a junior guard program outside of Magic Island when he heard a cry for help and saw a child in distress in the ocean. Without hesitation, Riggs used a rescue board to paddle to the child. Riggs instructed the child to stay calm and he helped him onto the board. Riggs navigated the board through the surf and shallow reef and got the child back to shore safely, exhibiting an enormous amount of control and calm. Once on shore, Riggs provided the child with first aid for minor injuries from the reef. After several years of training in the City & County Ocean Safety Junior lifeguard program, Riggs was certified as one of six Junior Leaders. Riggs has shown that years of training and volunteering paid off and has given him the skills to save a life. Riggs’ leadership, courage and commitment make him a true Hero!

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