Ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Nine individuals and two organizations in the Greater Bangor region are being honored as “Real Heroes” by the Pine Tree Chapter of American Red Cross of Maine for going above and beyond in service to others. These heroes were recognized for their good works at a breakfast on Thursday, March 20 at Jeff’s Catering and Convention Center, Brewer.
“This is really about service to others — about selflessly giving to help another person in a time of need,” says Todd Nadeau, Executive Director of the Pine Tree Chapter, which includes Aroostook, Penobscot, and Piscataquis Counties. “This award recognizes and thanks these very special individuals for taking action and making a difference.”
The recipients in the Greater Bangor region are:
Michael Hashey and Jamie Slauenwhite, Old Town Police Department
The officers’ quick action and negotiations with a suspect led to the rescue of two children from the scene of a dispute that escalated into a homicide.
Kirk Sperrey, Clifton
On his way home from work, Kirk provided first aid care to a man who was seriously injured when he was struck in the head by a flying piece of metal he was trying to pull free from a tree using his ATV. Kirk helped provide first aid and control the profuse bleeding until rescue crews arrived.
Bonnie Martin and Ashley Patterson, Bangor
Bonnie Martin and daughter Ashley Patterson rushed to the aid of two elderly pedestrians who were hit by a vehicle. Both of the injured continue rehabilitation for their injuries, but fortunately survived thanks to Bonnie and Ashley.
Chief Steven Emery, Officer Jeff Vanadestine, and Junior Firefighter Ryan Michael Havey, Town of Pittsfield-Police & Fire Departments
The three rushed to rescue an elderly woman trapped in a car that had plunged into the Sebasticook River. After several attempts to reach the driver, Chief Emery smashed the rear window, and the three pulled the woman from the vehicle.
Master Sergeant Arthur Unobskey, Maine Air National Guard, 101st Air Refueling Wing
While on deployment in Southeast Asia, Master Sergeant Arthur Unobskey aministered emergency aid to save the life of his commanding officer, who was stricken with two pulmonary emboli and an enlarged heart. Unobskey’s efforts kept the officer alive until emergency medical care arrived.
Blood Hero Award: Ellsworth Moose Lodge
In addition to its own annual blood drives, members of the Lodge volunteer at other local drives. Whenever the Red Cross has needed assistance with volunteers at a drive, or help with tasks such as distributing posters and flyers, the Moose Lodge has been there to help at a moment's notice.
Extra Mile Award: (Corporate Supporter Award): WABI-TV5
WABI, a long-term Real Heroes partner, supports the event in numerous ways. The station encourages nominations from the public, produces video spots for over-the-air broadcast and viewing during the event, provides emcees to host the breakfast, and much more.