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Red Cross Seeks Nominations to Honor Local Heroes


The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is accepting nominations to honor local standouts at its annual Heroes Breakfast in spring 2016. The Red Cross honors community members every year who have demonstrated heroism through extraordinary acts of courage or kindness. To nominate a hero go to: www.redcross.org/chicago/heroes. Nominations are due Jan. 8, 2016. For more information call 312-729-6178. 

“We’re recognizing local people who have made significant, positive differences in our community in areas of emergency response, disaster preparedness and prevention, or in some way exemplified the Red Cross mission to help people in need,” said Martha Carlos, Chief Communications Officer, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. “If you know someone who has saved a life, made our community a safer place, or gone above and beyond to help someone, we want to hear their story.” 

The heroic act must have taken place between Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015. Candidates must live or work in the Illinois counties of Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. 

Honorees will be recognized at the 14th annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, April 28 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street, in downtown Chicago. 

Nominations are being accepted in the following 11 categories: 

Blood Services: an individual(s) or organization who promotes community blood donation awareness and helped to build the community blood supply; 

Community Impact: an individual(s) who displays leadership and commitment to his or her community by making a positive, noticeable and significant impact in society; 

Disaster Services: an individual(s) who exhibited heroic efforts in response to a natural disaster or emergency situation, providing relief to victims through financial or voluntary assistance; 

Emergency Medical Assistance: an individual(s) who, during a time of crisis, provided medical assistance including CPR and/or first aid to a person or people in need; 

Firefighter: a professional or volunteer firefighter(s) who acted above and beyond the call of duty, exhibiting heroism either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community; 

Global Citizenship: an individual(s) who showed concern and worked to meet the needs of the world’s potentially vulnerable populations by providing needed relief, whether locally, nationally, and/or internationally; 

Good Samaritan: an individual(s) who courageously and selflessly responded to a significant or unexpected crisis; 

Law Enforcement: a professional police officer(s) or related law enforcement official(s) who exhibited heroism either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community; 

Military: an active, reserve, ROTC, retired member(s) of the Armed Forces, or a military supporter, who acted above and beyond the call of duty; 

• Nurse: a licensed and practicing nurse, nursing student, or retired nurse who exhibited heroism either in their response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community; 

Youth: an individual(s) who courageously and selflessly responded to a significant or unexpected crisis. 

Videos featuring last year’s local Red Cross heroes can be viewed on the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois You Tube Channel

The 2016 Heroes Breakfast is made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors: Aon, Baxter International Corporation, BMO Harris Bank, CDW, Fresenius Kabi, ITW, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Navistar International Corporation, Northern Trust, PwC, USG Corporation, and Walgreens. 

About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois: 

The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. 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 us at redcross.org/il/chicago or visit us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.