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Willamette Chapter Celebrates Real Heroes

Willamette Real Heroes Award Winners
Steve encompasses the Spirit of the Red Cross by not limiting himself to one particular area of service.

More than 400 people from the Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross gathered at the Salem Convention Center on Sept. 11 to recognize and celebrate local citizens who have performed extraordinary acts of courage and exceptional service to our community. The annual Real Heroes Breakfast is sponsored by Fred Meyer and supported by many local businesses. Read below to learn more about the heroes in our area:

SPIRIT OF THE RED CROSS: STEVE SANCHEZ - The Spirit of the Red Cross award is presented for outstanding humanitarian contributions promoting the mission of the Red Cross in our community. Click here to see Steve’s video story.

Steve encompasses the Spirit of the Red Cross by not limiting himself to one particular area of service; he has made the commitment to be of service wherever he can, and does so with a winning spirit. Steve has donated over 22 gallons of blood, helps transport blood donations as an emergency volunteer shuttle driver, has served on the Willamette Chapter Board of Directors for 11 years, has been deploying locally and nationally to respond to disasters since Summer of 1994, and he has volunteered for the Red Cross for a total of 21 years!

HUMANITARIAN HEROES: 7 SALEM INDOOR SOCCER TEAMMATES - The Humanitarian Hero Award is presented for the use of life-saving training skills to save someone’s life.

During a weekly soccer game between “Sparkling Unicorn Frenzy” and the “Triple 7s”, the goalkeeper, Mark Strand, felt himself briefly black out on his feet and subbed himself out to take a breather. Several of his teammates had felt concerned, as they watched him leave. Once he was out of the team box, he stepped out the back door to catch his breath, but he couldn’t. Moments later, he passed out on the ground, alone. Thankfully, teammates Cortnie Haun and Joey Daniel felt the need to check on him, and found him where he had collapsed. They set a whirlwind emergency response in motion with four other teammates who called 911, rolled him over, kept his airway clear, and started team-style CPR for the next 15 minutes until the paramedics arrived. Mark spent 10 days in the hospital, 7 of those in ICU. He had a congenital electrical issue with his heart, and he hadn’t known it. Prior to leaving the hospital, an ICD (implantable cardiverter defibrillator) was permanently installed in Mark’s chest. To put it in perspective, less than 5% of victims make it out of this particular medical situation alive. Doctors confirmed that Mark was alive because of the quick thinking and CPR training of his teammates, and thanks to them, he was able to walk away without any brain damage or cardiac damage. Heroes: Cortnie Haun, Joey Daniel, Scot Buell, Alvaro Anaya, Kimberly Davis, Amber Seley, and Jesse O’Bryant.

HUMANITARIAN HEROES: SIX CHEMEKETA STORM BASKETBALL TEAM MEMBERS - The Humanitarian Hero Award is presented for the use of life-saving training skills to save someone’s life.

During a typical basketball practice, player Malcolm Mattox collapsed on the court, suffering a cardiac arrest on Feb. 12, 2013. Without the heroic actions of his coaches and teammates, who used an automated external defibrillator and CPR to keep him alive until the paramedics arrived, Malcolm would have died. You are presenting Hero awards to all seven team members: Head Coach David Abderhalden, Assistant Coaches Johnny Begin and Jeff Williams, Teammates Trevor Phillips and Jordan Batey, and Campus Public Safety Officer Tim Richardson.

PROFESSIONAL RESCUE HERO: FIREFIGHTER CHRIS RAMPLEY - The Professional Rescue Hero Award is presented to a professional or volunteer firefighter or company, or to a law enforcement agent or department whose life-saving action goes above and beyond the call of duty.

On the evening of February 25th, 2013, around 9PM, Dennis Delaney was crabbing off his boat that was tied up at the end of C Dock at the Embarcadero Resort in Newport, OR. He was crabbing with crab pots that weighed around 35-40 pounds, with 20 feet of rope. Dennis tossed one of the crab pots over the side, not realizing his arm was entangled in the rope. He was dragged overboard into the frigid water. He was barely clinging to the side of the boat with his fingertips, and could hardly keep his head above water as he called for help. Chris Rampley, an off-duty Newport Firefighter, was relaxing on his own boat at the end of D Dock. He heard Dennis call, but didn’t hear a response when he yelled back. He immediately started dialing 911 as he ran to assist Dennis. He found Dennis in his distressed state, and attempted to pull the line from Dennis’ arm, but it was too entangled. He tied a line to the pot, to relieve some of the 35lb. drag, and then Chris found a knife on Dennis’ boat and cut Dennis loose. Chris pulled him from the water, and administered firstaid until paramedics could arrive. Dennis came away from the incident with nothing but a case of hypothermia thanks to the quick actions of Chris Rampley. Special note: when we filmed the interview, we had the rare opportunity to reunite Chris and Dennis, who had not seen one another in the year since the incident. They arrived as strangers, and left as friends!

COMMUNITY PARTNER HERO: LOVE SANTA, INC. - The Community Partner Hero award is presented to a community group, neighborhood, organization or local company that consistently demonstrates a commitment to making a difference in our community.

Love Santa, Inc. was started in 1990 to provide a hearty meal and gifts for children ages 0-16 during the Christmas season. The first year, they served 25 children. The program was incorporated in 1993 as a non-profit corporation and is supported solely by donations. It has grown to serve over 450 families in north Marion County. They conduct sessions for families to sign up for assistance, coordinate more than 100 volunteers to collect and sort food times, wrap and distribute almost 950 gifts, and coordinate efforts at three distribution sites. After six years of growing involvement with Love Santa, Inc., Woodburn Police Officer Robert Prinslow Jr. was elected to the board of directors in 2006 and as President in 2009. He was honored in 2012 with a Distinguished Service Award by the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce. Officer Prinslow will be accepting the award on behalf of Love Santa.

PROFESSIONAL RESCUE HERO: SGT. TYRONE JENKINS - The Professional Rescue Hero Award is presented to a professional or volunteer firefighter or company, or to a law enforcement agent or department whose life-saving action goes above and beyond the call of duty.

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 at around 7:48pm, Sgt. Jenkins was working patrol and just arriving back in the City of Dallas, OR. Sgt. Jenkins heard a medical call dispatched to Dallas PD officers, and responded since he was within a block or two from the emergency. Upon arrival, he found an adult male, Dave Manley, lying on the sidewalk. Dave was not breathing, so Sgt. Jenkins began administering CPR. The paramedics arrived and took Dave to Salem Hospital, where it was determined that Mr. Manley had a 50/50 chance of surviving his ordeal; Dave Manley is alive and well to this day, thanks to the quick actions of Sgt. Jenkins. Sgt. Jenkins was recognized with a Life Saving Award by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office command staff and the Polk County Board of Commissioners.