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Search is On: Nominate Real Heroes for Annual Red Cross Awards

SAN DIEGO, May 2014 – Do you know an “ordinary” San Diegan who has saved a life, helped a neighbor in need, or has made a difference in their community? San Diego and Imperial Counties are home to many whose selfless deeds of courage and humanitarian service are truly inspiration. If you know a hero, the American Red Cross asks you to nominate them for the 12th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast.

As a leader in emergency preparedness, response and recovery, the Red Cross honors  those making an impact through their courageous and compassionate actions, demonstrating a true commitment to creating safer, stronger communities

At previous Real Heroes events, awards have been presented to children, adults, organizations, civic groups -- and even animals! Watch the inspirational stories of previous honorees at

“The Red Cross’ Real Heroes event is one that our community looks forward to every year, “ said Bill Trumphfeller, Board Chair of the local chapter. “It’s a great way to get inspired and thank those who perhaps wouldn’t otherwise be recognized. Celebrating those who make our region a better place is inspiring.”

Local heroes will be celebrated across eight categories: adult, animal rescue, community partner, fire and rescue, law enforcement, military, youth, and the Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award. For a complete list of category descriptions, visit:

Heroes are nominated by the public and chosen by an awards selection committee comprised of local community leaders and event sponsors. Heroes are then selected based on the degree to which their actions uphold the values of the Red Cross humanitarian mission, and leave a lasting and positive impact on the residents of the community. This year’s Real Heroes award recipients will be honored at the event on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 aboard the USS Midway Museum.

 How to Nominate a Hero

Submitting a nomination is easy! Submit your nomination form by July 15, 2014 via the avenue easiest for you:




American Red Cross

Attn: Real Heroes

3950 Calle Fortunada

San Diego, CA 92123

Fax: (858) 309-1285

Join the conversation online, get event updates and share stories about your hero using the hashtag, #SDICRedCross and at and

About the American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter

The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego a four-year regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle.  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 connect with us on  Facebook, YouTube and Twitter