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Wanted: Southern Tier's Real Heroes

Wanted: Southern Tier's Real Heroes
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.

The American Red Cross of the Southern Tier is seeking nominations for its Sixth Annual Real Heroes Breakfast, which will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at The McKinley at Huron Campus, Endicott.

The Real Heroes Breakfast celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by recognizing residents from Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties who in the past year have 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.

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,” said Shelley Bierwiler, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southern Tier Chapter. “Please take a few minutes to fill out the nomination form so we can honor them.”

To nominate a Real Hero from Broome, Chenango or Tioga County, click on "Nominate Your Hero Online" below. Or, download the form and mail it to the American Red Cross, c/o Susie Chadwick, 620 E. Main St., Endicott, 13760; fax it to (607) 785-7216; or email it to Susie.Chadwick@redcross.org.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 20.

Sponsors that have already pledged their support for the 2015 Southern Tier Real Heroes Breakfast include Greater Binghamton Airport, Lockheed Martin, New York Central Mutual Insurance, NYSEG Corp., Press & Sun-Bulletin, and Raymond Corp.

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.

Click here for more sponsorship information.

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)