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.
Save the Date:
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.
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 email@example.com with any questions.
Josh spends his days making sure his community is safe as a member of the Cudahy Fire Department. While off-duty and on his way to vacation with his family, Josh stepped in to save a life at O'Hare airport. Josh noticed a man who had collapsed and was not breathing. No one in the area knew how to respond, so Josh stepped in and began CPR and had someone find an AED. He stayed with the man until Chicago Fire arrived to take over. The man was alert and alive thanks to Josh.
Rachel is a member of the Leaders Save Lives program through the American Red Cross, which provides leadership and volunteer experience to high school students. Rachel planned a blood drive during the summer to help make up for the decline in blood donations outside of the school year and achieved 116% of her goal in her first drive! She continues to volunteer with the American Red Cross and many other organizations while balancing the busy schedule of a high school student.
Mario is an active member of Boy Scouts and takes pride in the practical things he has learned through scouting. On January 1, 2016, he put those skills into action. While ice fishing with family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Mario and a friend, Dalton, wandered a bit away from the adults. Suddenly, Dalton fell through the ice. Mario immediately knew what to do and laid on his stomach on the ice and held a branch for Dalton to cling to while shouting for help. His actions helped Dalton remain calm until help arrived.
Dana Bilello is trained in CPR and AED because her job as a child care provider requires it. Yet, she never could have imagined that the first time she would need to use those skills was to save her own twelve-year-old daughter's life. In April 2016, Dana's daughter Kylie collapsed and became unresponsive. Dana immediately stepped in and provided life-saving CPR to her daughter until paramedics arrived. Kylie underwent heart surgery to fix a hole that was discovered in her heart and is on the road to recovery, thanks to her mother.
Doc is a Vietnam Veteran, having served as a medic and has spent more than 30 years supporting veterans and their family members. Doc maintains several veterans websites, providing information and resources to those who need them. He hosts several veterans events each year, including the Wisconsin POW-MIA National Balloon Launch on Memorial Day.
Deedee Muray has been coordinating the Delevan-Darien blood drive since 1968. She works hard to make sure each blood drive runs smoothly and that it never falls short of its donation goal. She coordinates all aspects of the blood drive, including volunteers, and hosts four drives each year. In the almost 50 years she's hosted these drives, enough blood has been collected to help thousands of patients.