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2013 Everyday Heroes Event in Joplin

Missouri - We received many stories of heroism this year and from your nominations, the selections have been made! An unusual set of circumstances led to a unique opportunity to honor a group of Everyday Heroes this year. We are proud to honor the Joplin Fire Department in its entirety for dedication and heroism to the community over the past year with its difficult circumstances and challenges.

“It is because of the extraordinary showing of dedication, compassion and teamwork of all of our members that I find it impossible to single out an individual member of our department for an award and there by recommend a departmental recognition of the combined efforts and sacrifices of each and every member of the Joplin Fire Department in successfully managing, recovering and performing continual service to the citizens of Joplin.” Fire Chief Mitchell Randles

This is just one of 7 different stories you will hear about the extraordinary people in your community. The 2013 Everyday Heroes will be held April 5, 2013 at The Holiday Inn of Joplin from 11:30 – 1:00 pm. Lunch will be served with all proceeds from the event going to benefit The American Red Cross.

Your Everyday Heroes for 2013

Cookie Estrada – Executive Director Joplin YMCA

Terrie Dresh – Teacher, Joplin Middle School

Cooper Vocelka – Student, Joplin High School

Abi Almandinger – Leader for Creative Memories

1SG Richard Banks – JROTC Teacher – Joplin High School

Aimee Danner – Founder, Moving Mountains Inc.

Joplin Fire Department

You can honor the Everyday Heroes and support the Red Cross in your community by sponsoring a table; $300 for a table of 8 or $40 per person. Bring your co-workers or family! Contact David Dillon to purchase your tickets today. Call 417-624-4411 or email

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at