Eight and 10-year olds who saved the lives of others.
Good Samaritans who jumped in to help without regard to their own safety.
People trained in emergency preparedness who saved loved ones.
These are the people honored with Hometown Heroes Awards by the American Red Cross’ Rio Hondo Chapter at a gala ceremony, Sept. 24 at the Rio Hondo Event Center.
Each year the Red Cross honors individuals who demonstrate selfless acts of courage and humanitarian service, people whose extraordinary acts exemplify the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering.
“These are people who came to the aid of others with no thought to their own safety,” said Margaret Arbini Madonna, CEO of the Greater Long Beach/Rio Hondo Chapter.
This year nine individuals were honored. They are:
Hometown Heroes live, work or go to school in one of the nine cities served by the Rio Hondo Chapter of the American Red Cross. Their heroic act must have occurred outside of the normal course and scope of the person's usual and customary work, and their deed must have been a single incident and not part of the general response to a disaster or catastrophic event.