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Red Cross Seeks Cortland, Tompkins "Real Heroes"

Red Cross Seeks Cortland, Tompkins "Real Heroes"
We know there are many heartwarming stories of heroism throughout Cortland and Tompkins counties, and we’d like you to help us find them.

The American Red Cross of Cortland County and the American Red Cross of Tompkins County are seeking nominations for the Fifth Annual Cortland-Tompkins Real Heroes Breakfast, which will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland.

The Cortland-Tompkins Real Heroes Breakfast celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by recognizing residents from throughout Cortland and Tompkins counties who in the past year performed heroic acts in life-threatening situations. Proceeds from the Real Heroes Breakfast support Red Cross lifesaving services such as disaster response, preparedness education, and services to members of our Armed Forces.

“We know there are many heartwarming stories of heroism throughout Tompkins and Cortland counties, and we look forward to honoring the residents in those communities who have put someone else’s needs ahead of their own,” said Shelley Bierwiler, Executive Director of the Southern Tier American Red Cross.

The Real Heroes Breakfast honors residents in 12 award categories: Adult Good Samaritan, Animal Rescue, Blood Donor, Education, Fire Rescue, Good Neighbor, Law Enforcement, Lifeline/9-1-1, Medical, Military, Workplace Safety and Youth Good Samaritan.

“Whether it’s a first responder who acted bravely in a life-threatening situation, or your next-door neighbor who donates blood on a regular basis, you may know real heroes in our community and we’d like you to help us honor them,” said Rosie Taravella, CEO of the American Red Cross Western & Central New York Region who also oversees the Cortland County Red Cross.

To nominate a Real Hero from Cortland County or Tompkins County, click on “Nominate Your Hero Online” below. Or, download the form and mail it to American Red Cross, c/o Brenda Leonard, 2 Ascot Place, Ithaca 14850; fax it to (607) 273-7146; or email it to HeroNominations.wcny@redcross.org.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Feb. 9.

Major Award sponsors for the 2015 Cortland-Tompkins Real Heroes Breakfast are Cortland Regional Medical Center and Dryden Mutual Insurance Company. There are several other award sponsorship opportunities available, and individuals or businesses that want to get involved as sponsors should contact Carlos McCluskey, Major Gifts Officer, at (607) 220-9713 or carlos.mccluskey@redcross.org.

Tickets for the Real Heroes Breakfast are $50 each with assigned seating. To purchase tickets, call (315) 234-2225 or email angelina.boungou@redcross.org.

Nominate Your Hero Online

Award Categories:

Adult Good Samaritan: Presented to an ordinary citizen who used life-saving skills to save the life of another (age 21 and older)

Animal Rescue: Presented to the family of a pet who was instrumental in saving a life, or an ordinary citizen who was instrumental in saving an animal’s life

Blood Donor: Presented to an ordinary citizen who has helped save countless lives with blood donations

Education: Presented to an educator who used life-saving training to save the life of another

Fire Rescue: Presented to a firefighter, volunteer or paid, whose life-saving actions exemplify the very highest standards of their calling

Good Neighbor: Presented to an ordinary citizen or professional rescuer involved in rescuing a person from a life-threatening situation

Law Enforcement: Presented to a law enforcement officer whose life-saving action exemplifies the very highest standards of their calling

Lifeline/9-1-1: Presented to a 9-1-1 dispatcher who exemplifies the highest standards of their calling or an ordinary citizen who was involved in saving the life of a person by utilizing 9-1-1 Emergency Communications.

Medical: Presented to a medical professional, an organization, or an ordinary citizen whose life-saving action exemplifies the very highest standards of their calling

Military: Presented to a member of the Armed Forces (active or retired, commissioned or noncommissioned) whose life-saving actions exemplify the very highest standards of their calling

Workplace Safety: Presented to a business owner, manager or employee whose preparedness or life-saving action exemplifies the very highest standards of their calling

Youth Good Samaritan: Presented to an ordinary citizen who used life-saving skills to save the life of another (age 20 and under)