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Red Cross To Honor Community Heroes

Fort Collins Heroes
This year has special significance as we celebrate 100 years of Red Cross service in Colorado. --Erin Mounsey, Executive Director for Red Cross Northern Colorado Chapter

The American Red Cross in Northern Colorado has selected award recipients for the 2014 Celebrating a Century of Community Heroes event. The recipients, one individual and four organizations, will be honored at 2nd Annual Celebrating Community Heroes event held at the Hilton Fort Collins from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. This year has special significance as we celebrate a century of exceptional volunteerism with your American Red Cross in Colorado & Wyoming.

You can join in the festivities as we honor Community Heroes and celebrate a century of Red Cross service. More information and tickets can be found at:

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Here are the American Red Cross 2014 Community Heroes:

Professional Lifesaver – Larimer County Sheriff’s Office

Thousands of Coloradans were stranded in the foothills of the Front Range in the hours and days after the Colorado Flood 2013. The quick, decisive, compassionate and coordinated efforts to safely evacuate citizens helped to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of an epic disaster. For their exceptional leadership through the evacuations, Justin Smith and the extraordinary staff of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office are honored as the American Red Cross Professional Lifesavers.

Military Lifesaver – Colorado National Guard

With thousands of Coloradans stranded and Emergency Management systems getting overwhelmed up and down the Front Range the Colorado National Guard was called in to help. For largest airlift evacuation operation in Colorado history and the largest animal airlift operation in our nation’s history in lockstep coordination with local authorities the Colorado National Guard is honored as the American Red Cross Military Lifesavers.

Commitment to Community – University of Colorado Health

In the wake of the flood, our communities were overwhelmed with needs for resources, trained volunteers and care. UCHealth helped to meet the community needs with a Special Operation Response Teams, significant financial support and by loaning one of their staff members, trained as a Red Cross specialist, to the Disaster Relief Operation for weeks. For their unique understanding of, and compassionate response to the community University of Colorado Health is honored for their Commitment to Community.

Spirit of the Red Cross – Serve 6.8

Weeks before the High Park Fire, community volunteers banded together to help those in need in our communities as Serve 6.8. Little did they know how much they would be needed over the next two years. From emotional care, to sheltering, to helping families as they travel the long road of recovery after a disaster, Serve 6.8 has truly helped to alleviate human suffering in the face of disasters. They are compassionate, caring, credible and collaborative as they truly live the Spirit of the Red Cross.

Youth Lifesaver – Erik Wyatt

11 year old Erik Wyatt has always had a heart for helping others. In the Scouts he got trained to be mature beyond his years and to be courageous enough to help those in need. He is a hero in a small and unassuming package. Little did he know that his training, courage and maturity would help him to save a life. The life of his little brother. For courage, calm and decisive action in a life threatening situation Erik Wyatt is honored as an American Red Cross Youth Lifesaver.

Celebrating a Century of Community Heroes is a unique celebration of the individuals and organizations that have touched lives in our community through acts of extraordinary heroism and service. In 2014, the American Red Cross celebrates 100 years of service in Colorado. Join us as we honor the past year of heroes who helped our neighbors during emergencies including the Colorado Floods, reflect on a century of service, and look to a future of another 100 years providing compassion to the communities of Northern Colorado.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit