American Red Cross Heroes are ordinary people whose actions embody the values of the Red Cross, and demonstrate the potential that is in all of us. Whether they’re stepping up during a medical emergency to provide assistance, or helping others through a lifetime of volunteerism, Heroes reflect what is best about our community.
Help us honor these everyday heroes in our community by nominating a hero for recognition in 2018. Nominations will be accepted through October 31, 2017. Click the button on the left side of this page to nominate your hero.
For more information about sponsorship of this event, contact Rachel Reichhoff at email@example.com or (608) 844-3099.
Hero of a Lifetime - John Dischler
John has been a volunteer with the Plain Fire Department since 1977 and an EMT in Plain since 1982. He has dedicated his life to helping others and will be celebrating his 74th birthday the evening of our event.
Adult Good Samaritan- Al Covert
On December 15, 2016, Al used his CPR and AED training to save the life of a co-worker who collapsed during a lunch break. Knowing what do to, Al immediately stepped in and provided care until paramedics arrived. Al saved the life of Joe that day and Joe will be at the event to help honor his life-saver.
Community Hero- Michael Krause
On September 8, 2016, Michael heard screams for help on the river from his home in Brodhead. Michael took his boat up the river and rescued the three children and provided safe return to shore until EMS arrived. According to the Sheriff's report, had Michael not responded, there was potential the children would have fallen over the dam below.
From the Heart Hero- Nalani Bever
Nalani has been hosting a blood drive four times a year in Wilton for the past 25 years. She is a strong proponent of the importance of blood donation and even a donor herself.
Youth Good Samaritan- Stephanie Barrera-Gonzalez
Stephanie is a recent graduate of La Follette High School in Madison and currently attending Madison College. She was a founding member of the Explorer Post 911 in 2015, a group designed to give young adults exposure to the law enforcement field. She has volunteered over 75 hours helping with various MPD outreach activities in the community and is also a role model for children in the MPD South Side Soccer Series.
Military Hero- Travis Michelena
Travis Michelena has demonstrated incredible heart for his community by volunteering numerous hours to various organizations and causes. As a volunteer with Team Rubicon, Travis worked in Viroqua this summer, helping to clean up homes and help individuals affected by flooding. He has also helped with and led numerous projects in the Fort McCoy community.
Emergency Response Hero- Kathleen Riffenburg
After hearing of a local child diagnosed with cancer, Middleton Police Officer Kathleen Riffenburg stepped in to help. She brought the Middleton Police and Fire Departments together for a charity Battle of the Badges softball game in August 2012. The event has grown and each year raises money to support a local family with medical expenses. Over the years, the event has raised over $20,000.