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5th Annual NM Real Heroes Breakfast and Awards

Media Advisory

WHEN: Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Courtesy Parking with pass at the Cornell Parking Structure, one block N. of Central between Stanford & Cornell -Courtesy Pass Attached

WHAT: 7:15 A.M. Doors Open

7:45 A.M. Breakfast & Awards

9:15 Media Availability, 2013 Real Heroes Award Recipients-UNM Ballroom Stage

The American Red Cross in New Mexico will present two Humanitarian Awards, honoring The Bonito Volunteer Fire Department for their response to the Little Bear Fire last summer and the 41 members of the PNM Mutual Assistance Team that responded to Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Recipients of the awards are nominated by members of the community for their heroic act or commitment to unselfish service to others.

Major General Sandra E. Finan, Commander of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base is the Keynote Speaker for the event. Entertainment will be provided by Dimi DiSani, Cathryn McGill and Lowell Burton.

Awards will also be presented to: Virginia Nevarez, Good Samaritan Adult Hero; Marissa Valencia, Good Samaritan Youth Hero; Dr. Joseph J. Fammartino, M. D., Medical Hero; Joy Woolman, Firefighter Hero; Rio Rancho Police Officer Antoine Smith, Law Enforcement Hero; Reverend Ryan Arnold, Disaster Relief Hero; Rachel Herrera, Workplace Hero; Chris Duran, Water Safety Hero. The Animal Rescue Hero Award goes to Dr. Julia Skains, DVM and the staff at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic while the Military Hero Award will be presented to SrA Ryan Dearth, SSgt. Dave Henke, AiC Anne Pierce, Marshall Bowland, Nathanial Iverson, A1C Carl Krejci and TSgt Shawn Piel of Kirtland Air Force Base.

A special recognition of the New Mexico Bataan Death March survivors from World War II will also be given.

The American Red Cross was founded on May 21, 1881 by Clara Barton and a circle of her friends after Barton visited Europe following the Civil war. Barton campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war injured, which the United States ratified in 1882. The Red Cross Movement was started in Switzerland in 1864 with 16 European States ratifying the 1st Geneva Convention.

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help the Red Cross continue to save lives, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-560-2302. Contributions to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico by mail: American Red Cross in New Mexico, 7445 Pan American West Fwy. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or made online at Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Media Contact: Beverly L. Allen, Communications Coordinator, (505) 220 3097