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Clippers Join“Miracle on the Hudson” Pilot Chesley Sullenberger to Honor Red Cross Volunteers

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Los Angeles, California, March 17, 2015 — St. Patrick’s Day may be known for being a day of Green, but at the Staples Center, the color of the day is Red. In honor of March is Red Cross Month and National Volunteer Week, two hundred of the Los Angeles Region American Red Cross volunteers will attend the Clippers game, with a ceremonial game-ball presentation by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the renowned “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot.  Captain Sully, regarded as a national hero, will be joined on center court by ten Red Cross volunteers, considered to be local heroes for the time and dedication they give to their communities to help people in need.

Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of volunteers are part of the Red Cross. They respond to fires, teach lifesaving skills like First Aid and CPR, volunteer at Veterans Hospitals, help staff blood drives, and so much more. Here in the Los Angeles Region, thousands of volunteers help the community.

“We want to take this time during Volunteer Week to thank our volunteers for their service,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “They help us fulfill our lifesaving mission every day, and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for their service … and to have Captain Sullenberger here to honor their efforts means so much.”

When Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger stepped into the cockpit of US Air Flight 1549 on January 15, 2009, he didn’t know that he would also be stepping into history.  When his Airbus lost both engines from goose strikes just after taking off from LaGuardia Airport, Captain “Sully” managed to safely land his jet on the Hudson River, with no loss of life.  The NTSB proclaimed the “Miracle on the Hudson” the most successful ditching in aviation history. 

People who might want be part of this amazing group of volunteers are encouraged to download the Team Red Cross app. This free app allows people to sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about local Red Cross volunteer opportunities.


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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA.