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Red Cross Seeking Nominations for Saluting Our Heroes Recognition

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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

Real heroes do not wear capes or leap tall buildings in a single bound; they simply step up when there is a need. Sometimes heroes are dedicated to a cause or organization and work tirelessly to benefit others, sometimes heroes act quickly and decisively when there is a particular challenge or crisis. Whatever the situation, heroes portray courage, dedication and compassion in their selfless acts to help others. 

The American Red Cross is seeking hero nominations for our upcoming Saluting Our Heroes Breakfast in Bloomington. If you know of an individual or group of people in the Bloomington-Normal area, whose extraordinary acts of courage and kindness have helped another, or help our community, please take a few minutes and complete the Saluting Our Heroes nomination form

Heroes will be selected in seven categories. Those selected at the 2016 Saluting Our Heroes recipients will be honored at the Saluting Our Heroes Breakfast on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The nomination deadline for Saluting Our Heroes is Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Please complete the online Saluting Our Heroes nomination form

Armed Forces: An active, retired or reserve personnel who acted above and beyond the call of duty

Good Samaritan: An individual or group who acted selflessly in helping others in need

Health and Safety: A person or group whose actions have had a positive impact on the health and safety of an individual or group of individuals in the community

Ambassador: A volunteer from the area who serves outside the community as an outstanding ambassador to the outside world

Public Service: A public employee, volunteer, firefighter, or law enforcement officer who acted above and beyond the call of duty

Volunteer: A volunteer who made a positive difference, or displayed outstanding leadership and commitment to our community through their volunteer efforts

Youth: A youth under age 21 for an act of heroism involving an unusual, significant or unexpected incident requiring a “heroic” reaction in a crisis, or an extended charitable commitment

For Saluting Our Heroes sponsorship information, please contact For questions regarding the nomination process, please contact