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Red Cross Announces 2016 Heroes Award Winners

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Together our heroes saved lives, connected communities, and supported children.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., April 20, 2016 — The American Red Cross Minnesota Region today announced its 2016 Heroes Awards recipients, whose extraordinary actions exemplify the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. 

“Together our heroes saved lives, connected communities, and supported children when they needed it most,” said Phil Hansen, CEO of the American Red Cross Minnesota Region. “We invite everyone to come to the Heroes Breakfast to hear their inspiring stories and support the programs and services of the Red Cross.”   

The 2016 Heroes: 

Community Hero: Shawn Hansen, Nisswa

First Responder Heroes: Sgt. Mike Jahnke & Officer Joshua Helgeson & Officer Jeff Liebl, Willmar

Give Life Hero: Jerry Nelson, Shoreview

Good Samaritan Hero: Russ and Jenny Braith, Montgomery and Greg Pint, Lonsdale

Military Hero: Mike Clark, Eagan

Youth Good Samaritan Hero: Bryden Bronikowski, Duluth

The 8th Annual Heroes Breakfast will take place on Friday, May 6, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington. Tickets and table sponsorships are available online at or by calling (612) 872-3241.

A special thank you to our 2016 Heroes Breakfast sponsors, including presenting sponsor Land O’Lakes, matching gift sponsor US Bank, award sponsors CenterPoint Energy, CHS, Medica, St. Jude Foundation, Anime Twin Cities, UnitedHealth, reception sponsor Navigate Forward, vignette sponsor Patterson Companies, and to the Minnesota Twins for donating tickets to our heroes.  

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. The Minnesota Region serves 5.2 million people across Minnesota and part of western Wisconsin with offices in Duluth, Mankato, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Cloud. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook: American Red Cross Minnesota Region. Follow us on Twitter: @mnredcross