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San Francisco County Heroes Announced

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 16, 2012) – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter announced the recipients of its 2012 San Francisco County Heroes Awards, all of whom will be honored at the 2012 San Francisco County Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, September 27 at the Radisson Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. The annual program celebrates everyday heroes, recognizing those local individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary courage and kindness. This year’s honorees include the following San Francisco County citizens and organizations:

Lifesaving Hero

  • SFPD Officer Jason Garden used his paramedic certification to respond to a call regarding a stabbing victim who survived because of his calmness and expertise.
  • Act of Courage Hero

  • Pierre Pegeron risked his own life to save five residents in a burning apartment across his shop, Lo-Cost Meat Market.
  • Community Service Hero, Individual

  • Gloria Bonilla, theExecutive Director at Centro Latino de San Francisco, has dedicated her life to addressing the essential needs of low-income, at-risk seniors, immigrants, youth and families locally for the past 30 years.
  • Community Service Hero, Organization

  • SFFD Neighborhood Emergency Response Training (NERT) provides 20-hour hands-on preparedness and neighborhood response coordinated and taught by the San Francisco Fire Department, training over 22,500 San Francisco residents to date.
  • Act of Kindness and Philanthropy Hero – Organization

  • Workers Children’s Fund (WCF) raises funds and coordinates donation of goods to children and families in order to meet their special needs.
  • Act of Kindness and Philanthropy Hero – Individual

  • SFPD Officer Alvin Louie executed his kindness, outside of his officer duties, by assisting a Chinese National woman with her file court documents, petitioning the court to grant her custody of her child.
  • Public Safety Heroes

  • Officers Antonio Balingit and Vincent Masilang took matters into their own hands by preventing a juvenile girl from being exploited under false pretenses.
  • Animal Rescue Hero

  • Muttville Senior Dog Rescue creates better lives for dogs, aged seven years and older, to find suitable homes though rescue, foster, adoption and hospice services.
  • The actions of these Heroes embody the principles and ideals of the Red Cross’ humanitarian mission. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Heroes Breakfast event, please visit: This event benefits Red Cross disaster readiness and relief efforts in the Bay Area.

    About the Heroes Awards Program

    People in the Bay Area make a difference in the lives of others in their communities every day. The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and civic leaders from six counties in the Bay Area are joining together to celebrate everyday heroism, recognizing those individuals and organizations whose extraordinary acts of kindness and courage make them heroes. American Red Cross chapters around the country hold events in their communities to recognize acts of heroism by local residents and pay tribute to those who have performed lifesaving acts. Each year, nearly 900 people attend events in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano Counties to honor local heroes. For more information about the events and corporate sponsorship opportunities, please visit All proceeds from the events support the disaster preparedness and relief efforts of the American Red Cross in the Bay Area.

    About American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

    As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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