The American Red Cross, Snohmish County Chapter, recognized 17 individuals who have demonstrated exceptional courage at the 19th annual Real Heroes Breakfast, held Thursday, December 11. The event was attended by more than 1,000 community and local government leaders, key representatives from police, fire, emergency and rescue services, donors and business executives and was hosted by Pat Cashman, renouned local broadcast performer and writer.
“These heroes are our neighbors, members of our community, first responders and local businesses who have given of themselves to save a life or to improve our community,” said Chuck Morrison, executive director for the Red Cross Snohomish County Chapter. “The Real Heroes Breakfast offers us the opportunity to celebrate the courageous individuals who inspire us all to make this community a stronger, better and safer place to live.”
The Washington landslide disaster and the tragedy at the Marysville Pilchuck High School shined a light on the countless and unexpected heroes among us. Nominations for and the final selection of Real Heroes presented a particular challenge given the extraordinary response of so many everyday citizens who mobilized quickly, effectively and with an outpouring of compassion.
“People from all walks of life assisted on the front lines and worked behind the scenes of these disasters, and many did so at great personal risk and sacrifice,” said Kristi Myers Red Cross chief development officer for the Snohomish County Chapter. “Each and every one is a hero to this community.”
Real Hero awards were presented to:
This year, the Red Cross also bestowed the Resilient Community Award for demonstrating tremendous strength in the face of unimaginable tragedy.
Shane Cooper, Fire District 1 Community Resource Paramedic claimed the Spirit of Red Cross Award for an innovative approach to community-based emergency preparedness. The employees of Coastal Community Bank, led by CEO Eric Sprink, were bestowed the Clare Waite Humanitarian Award for their commitment to the communities they serve and setting an example for banks and government to follow in response to catastrophic events and property loss.
Dozens of nominations were submitted for the Real Heroes award and finalists represent the diverse facets of our community: students, community center volunteers, police officers and paramedics, avid hikers, moms and dads. Real Heroes shared their personal stories via video, which were broacast to the audience. This year’s event also presented a video tribute to the extraordinary community spirit witessed in response to the landslide disaster. “So many everyday heroes come to help and there are more than we could ever individualy recognize and thank here today,” Myers added.