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Red Cross to honor local heroes: 4th Annual Rhode Island Heroes Event to be held in Providence October 23

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (September 10, 2015) – The American Red Cross will honor local heroes at a breakfast in Providence on Friday, October 23. From those who helped save a life to those who lend a helping hand, honorees come from communities across Rhode Island and from all walks of life who, over the past year, exhibited extraordinary acts of heroism in the Rhode Island community. 

The Rhode Island Heroes Breakfast will be held at the Omni Providence Hotel. Webster Bank is the presenting sponsor of this year’s event. Other sponsors include Amica Insurance, Marcum and Bank of America.

“Our annual Heroes event is one of the most inspiring moments of the year,” said American Red Cross and Rhode Island Chapter Executive Tempie Thompson. “We honor people and organizations that do extraordinary things. They symbolize the best in the human spirit and reflect the Red Cross ideal of helping others.” 

This year’s honorees were chosen from a competitive field, “We saw some truly impressive nominations, but these honorees rose to the forefront for making a difference – in some cases, a lifesaving difference – in their communities and are true heroes,” said Thompson.

More information on the event is available at

Honorees at the Providence breakfast are:

Community Resilience Hero Award presented to the Aquidneck Island Emergency Group, a group of emergency management leadership from Portsmouth, Middletown, and Newport who are working together with American Red Cross and other partners to make sure that the residents on the island are safe. By working together, these communities are helping to ensure a plan is in place so that residents can be safer and recover faster from disasters. 

Lifesaving Hero Award presented to Skip Buxton, a retired state police lieutenant and pier master at the port at Davisville, who used his Red Cross refresher training in CPR and AED to help save the life of a longshoreman who was having a cardiac arrest.

Military Hero Award presented the United States Coast Guard whose search and rescue response has saved dozens of lives over the past year and whose members risk their lives each day in service to our nation. 

Spirit of the Red Cross Award presented to Officers Robert Brown and Scott Feeley of the North Providence Police Department, who after using CPR to help save the life of a North Providence man, returned to the man’s home to clear snow from his driveway after learning he was on his way to clear a neighbor’s driveway before starting on his own.  

Thompson said the Heroes celebration gives the community an opportunity to recognize the good works of people in their communities and to celebrate the mission of the American Red Cross. “Nearly 96% of the American Red Cross workforce is made up of volunteers. Those volunteers work every day to change lives and save lives. They are everyday people doing extraordinary things, just like the people we will honor on October 23.”

The Red Cross Heroes breakfast will be held Friday, October 23, at the Omni Providence Hotel, 1 West Exchange Street in Providence. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets online, visit For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Melissa Fazzio, 

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RIRedCross.