The American Red Cross hosted its 2014 Red River Valley Annual Meeting at the Ramada Plaza & Suites tomorrow, celebrating accomplishments over the past year and honoring three community ‘heroes’.
Spirit Lake Nation Emergency Manager, Marty Alex, delivered the keynote at the event and shared his experience as a member of the military. His father passed away while he was deployed and the Red Cross organized his trip home for his funeral.
"The Red Cross has always been there when we really needed it," Alex said. "My experience has been tremendous working with them."
The American Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. The ‘Hero Award’ recipients are individuals who have contributed to their community in extraordinary ways that align with our mission.
They include Jerry Walker, who is a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team and has been volunteering for 35 years. He has responded to numerous disaster calls and has served as a volunteer lead. The mayors in the communities of Fargo/Moorhead proclaimed January 29th as ‘Jerry Walker Day’ back in 1989 for his service in the community.
Bruce Anderson has been a member of the Fargo Fire Department for 24 years and is currently Battalion Chief. In the past year, Anderson assisted in saving the lives of two people in Fargo-Moorhead by performing CPR/AED. Both times Anderson responded, he was off duty. He encourages all individuals to learn life-saving skills in case of an emergency.
Robert J. Zafke is the Director of Inspections at Grand Forks Air Force Base and has been a volunteer with the Thompson, ND Fire/EMS Department for the past 8 years. He is currently Assistant Fire Chief and also serves as a medical responder. Recently, he helped save a man’s life after a motorcycle traveling 70 mph struck a stationary trailer.
"These are true heroes in every sense of the word," said Dakotas Region CEO, Judy Green. "We are glad to honor them and thank them for their commitment to our communities."