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Red Cross Announces 2015 Heroes Award Winners

The American Red Cross Minnesota Region announces its 2015 Heroes Awards recipients, whose extraordinary actions exemplify the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. This year’s heroes include:

Youth Good Samaritan Hero A.J. Spaulding of Spring Lake Park a volunteer, who has helped numerous children and teens through their grieving process after losing his own father to suicide;

Good Samaritan Heroes Aaron Briggs of White Bear Lake and Grant Dawson of St. Paul who used CPR to help save the life of a man who collapsed on the ice at Hazelnut Park in Arden Hills;

Give Life Hero Lavonne Kroells of Norwood-Young America, a dedicated blood drive coordinator who over the past 40 years has helped collect more than 160,000 units of lifesaving blood;

First Responder Hero Russ Vandenheuvel of Bertha, who brought ambulance service to his hometown and recruits and trains volunteers to respond to their neighbors in need;

Military Hero Shane Hudella of Hastings, a retired member of the armed forces and founder of Defending the Blue Line, a non-profit that helps ensure children of military members can participate in hockey by providing free equipment, camps and tickets; and

Community Hero Tom Campion of St. Paul, who created “Safe Summer Nights,” which brings together the community and police officers to create lasting bonds of cooperation, improved trust and understanding 

“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 our Heroes Breakfast to hear their inspiring stories and support the programs and services of the Red Cross.”   

“Land O’Lakes, Inc. is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s Heroes Breakfast,” said Lydia Botham, Vice President Land O’Lakes Foundation and Community Relations.  “The actions of these extraordinary people help strengthen our communities and we are pleased to partner with the American Red Cross to recognize their accomplishments.”

The 7th Annual Heroes Breakfast will take place on Thursday, June 18, at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington. Tickets and table sponsorships are available online at or by calling (612) 872-3207.

A special thank you to our 2015 Heroes Breakfast sponsors including, presenting sponsor Land O’Lakes, US Bancorp, CenterPoint Energy, CHS, Medica, St. Jude Foundation, Anime Twin Cities, UnitedHealth, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and GS Productions.