On Wednesday, June 4, the Adirondack-Saratoga and Northeastern New York Chapters of the American Red Cross held their first joint Heroes Breakfast to celebrate ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things. Eight heroes were honored for performing outstanding acts of service and bravery that have helped to save lives in their communities.
John Templin of Greenfield Center was named the 2014 Blood Giving Hero for his selfless commitment to giving the “gift of life” as a 12-gallon Red Cross blood donor.
John D’Alessandro of Waterford was named a 2014 Emergency Relief Hero for his courageous work with the Halfmoon-Waterford Fire District 1.
Tylor Sherman (age 16) of Schuylerville was named a 2014 Emergency Relief Hero for rescuing a sleeping man from a burning building.
Riley Baughn (age 16) of Saranac was named a 2014 Life-Saving Hero for saving the life of a fellow high-school student who was choking in the school cafeteria.
Max Cerosky (age 16) of Bolton Landing was named a 2014 Life-Saving Hero for pulling an unconscious man to safety after he suffered a medical emergency in Lake George.
Linda Plante Robinson of Glens Falls was named a 2014 Life-Saving Hero for providing care to a local actor after he suffered a heart attack in the middle of a performance.
Gabriel Slaybaugh (age 11) of Latham was named a 2014 Life-Saving Hero for remaining calm in crisis and calling 911 when his father suffered an epileptic seizure.
Victoria Acres Equine Facility in Altamont was named the 2014 Military Hero for providing powerful therapeutic resources to members of the military and their families.
Jaime Roberts of Oldies 98.3 and Benita Zahn of NewsChannel 13 co-emceed the event, held at the Hilton Garden Inn Clifton Park. More than 100 local business leaders and community members were present to see each hero introduced and presented with an award certificate.
The Red Cross is especially grateful to the event sponsors and media partners and the READY 365 Giving Program Members whose support made this event possible. Proceeds from the Heroes Breakfast benefit the programs and services of the Adirondack-Saratoga and Northeastern New York Chapters, who together serve residents across 13 counties in Upstate New York.
Pictured from left to right: Benita Zahn, Jaime Roberts, Erin Pashley – Victoria Acres Equine Facility, Gabriel Slaybaugh, Linda Plante Robinson, Max Cerosky, Tylor Sherman, John D’Alessandro, and John Templin.
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Heroes Breakfast! Don’t miss the chance to nominate a local hero for recognition at next year’s event.