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Red Cross announces Bloomington area heroes

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Every day, people in our community perform heroic deeds with little or no fanfare. During the Saluting Our Heroes Breakfast, the American Red Cross of the Heartland honors individuals or groups whose extraordinary acts of courage and kindness make them a hero and our community a safer and healthier place to work and live. 

A panel of judges convened and selected the following individuals to be honored at the event next month.

Armed Forces Award, Sponsored by Country Financial. William Warren served for over 20 years in the armed forces beginning in 1944 and continues to give back to his community as a volunteer.

Good Samaritan Award, Sponsored by CEFCU. Firefighter Doug Roosevelt and EMT Krystal Alexander quickly responded when three-year-old Nathanial Stanford was found lifeless in Clinton Lake.  Their actions saved the young boy’s life.   

Health and Safety Award, Sponsored by OSF St. Joseph. Chuck Bennett's Country Financial employees, Carla Maicke, Justin Bowling, Rob Carney, Rob Eagle, John Emmert and Russell Thompson, quickly noticed during a meeting that Bennett was showing the signs of stroke.  The employees quickly responded and got Bennett the medical attention he needed. 

Ambassador Award, Sponsored by Integrity Technology Solutions. Dr. Jim McCriskin, Kathi Franklin and the Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation have been instrumental in placing AED’s across the community and coordinated numerous CPR trainings, making the Bloomington-Normal area a safe place to live, work and play.

Public Service Award, Sponsored by Roger and Mary Hunt. Casey Kohlmeier, a six-year veteran of the Pontiac Police Department, and his K-9 dog, Draco, were struck by a drunk driver while park on I-55 last October.

Paula R. Walsh Volunteer Award: Kent Terry was one of the many volunteers that responded to the historic flooding in Marseilles, IL in the spring of 2013. But while many have gone back to their normal day-to-day lives, Terry continues to assist the community’s recovery.

Youth Award, Sponsored by State Farm. Austin Chase and Payton Eades were walking home and heard the cries of Mary Iler who had slipped in last winter’s snow. The boys helped Mary to her home and called first responders.  Mary was treated for frostbite and a blood clot in her leg.  

The Spirit of McLean County Award, sponsored by WJBC, will also be announced at the event.



WHEN: November 13, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Doubletree by Hilton, Bloomington, IL  

TICKETS: Tickets for the event are $35 and can be ordered by calling 309-662-0500 or by emailing