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Red Cross Honors Local Heroes at Providence Event October 24

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Ordinary People, Extraordinary Acts

PROVIDENCE, R.I., September 15, 2014 – The American Red Cross will honor local Heroes at a breakfast in Providence on Friday, October 24. Honorees come from communities across Rhode Island and from all walks of life. 

The Rhode Island Heroes Breakfast will be held at the Omni Providence Hotel. Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Tickets for the event are $40. Webster Bank is presenting sponsor of the event. Lifesaving sponsor is CVS Health. Other sponsors include Amica Insurance.

“Our annual Heroes event is an inspiring highlight of the year,” said American Red Cross and Rhode Island Chapter Executive Director Paula Montgomery. “We honor people and organizations that do extraordinary things. They symbolize the best in the human spirit and reflect the Red Cross ideal of helping others.” Montgomery said the honorees were chosen from a competitive field. “We saw some truly impressive nominations, but these honorees rose to the forefront for making a difference – in some cases, a lifesaving difference – in their communities and are true heroes.”

More information on the event is available at

Honorees at the Providence breakfast are:

  • Community Resilience Hero Award, presented to the Rhode Island Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, a 72-member volunteer team that trains year ‘round to respond to emergencies in Rhode Island and across the nation. The Task Force was first deployed to help in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and has since helped in numerous disasters including Hurricanes Irene and Sandy and in the wake of significant flooding that struck Rhode Island in 2010.
  • Lifesaving Hero Award, presented to Tim Crandall, an East Greenwich High School athletic trainer, and members of the East Greenwich Fire Department, who worked together to save the life of a 17 year-old student who collapsed in sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Military Hero Award, presented to a Warwick couple distinguished by their service to military families and the country. Steven and Rosemarie Moretti volunteer with the Family Resource Group serving the 169th Military Police Company of the Rhode Island National Guard. Their work has helped to ease the stress of deployment for members of the military and their families. Spirit of the Red Cross Award, presented to Pastor John Wheeler of Warwick, who leads and trains Red Cross volunteer disaster response and shelter teams; is active with Rhode Island Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster; and is a member of the Behavioral Response Team of Rhode Island.
  • Workplace Hero Award, presented to CVS Health, for its longstanding commitment to Rhode Island and to the Red Cross. CVS Health has supported Red Cross disaster relief efforts locally and across the country and has established a colleague Emergency Response Team to support safety and first aid needs in the workplace.

Montgomery said the Heroes celebration would give the community an opportunity to recognize the good works of people in their communities and to celebrate the mission of the American Red Cross. “Nearly 96% of the American Red Cross workforce is made up of volunteers. Those volunteers work every day to change lives and save lives. They are everyday people doing extraordinary things, just like the people we will honor on October 24.”

The Red Cross Heroes breakfast will be held Friday, October 24, at the Omni Providence Hotel, 1 West Exchange Street in Providence. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration at 7:00 a.m. Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets online, visit For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Devin Cleary at (860) 678-4310 or email him at