Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us

Wisconsin - Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us

The American Red Cross of Southeast Wisconsin presents Brave Hearts, our annual event to recognize individuals who have prevented life-threatening situations from occurring, come to the aid of another, or contributed to the safety of our community through a single act or ongoing activity. The event draws hundreds of corporate and civic leaders, emergency response personnel, and individuals from throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

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Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us

May 10th, 2018

Kohl’s Innovation Center

Hero Nominations Needed - If you know of someone who qualifies in one of the categories described below, and meets the award requirements, please submit an award nomination by clicking the link on the left of this page.

The specific heroic act must have occurred in the past year, from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. Completed nominations for the 2018 Brave Hearts event must be submitted by December 31, 2017.

Award Categories and Nomination Criteria:

Community Safety, Security & Resiliency

The nominee is a person(s) or organization who has used personal knowledge, skills, or research to provide aid to the life of another person. The nominee used lifesaving skills such as CPR, water rescue or first aid to assist someone in crisis, helped another person(s) providing a safe and secure environment to ensure the person’s well-being, or contributed time and talent to the betterment of the American Red Cross lifesaving blood. 

Emergency Response

The nominee must be either a professional or volunteer serving as a law enforcement official, fire fighter, first responder or in the medical or healthcare field. The nominee exhibited heroism in his or her response to an emergency, on or off-duty, or is involved in an ongoing activity in which a commitment is made to the safety, security and resiliency of the community through acts of courage and unselfishness in response to an identified need.

From the Heart

The nominee must have either donated blood on a regular consistent basis or supported blood donation through volunteering at area blood drives and gone above and beyond to meet the blood donation needs of the community.


The nominee is a member or veteran of the Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, or National Guard who has exhibited heroism in his or her response to an emergency situation, on or off duty.


The nominee was 18 years old or younger at the time of the heroic act. The nominee stepped forward in a time of crisis to help another person(s) or worked toward the betterment of our community by taking action and serving as an example to other youth. Nominee exhibits activism towards the American Red Cross and/or demonstrates extraordinary support of one or more programs offered through the American Red Cross such as Disaster Relief, Lifesaving Blood, Health and Safety Training & Education and Service to the Armed Forces.

Click the link on the left of this page to nominate someone or contact McKenna Olson at with any questions.

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