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Red Cross Announces 2014 Alameda County Heroes

Oakland, CA – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter will honor recipients of the 2014 Alameda County Heroes Awards at the annual Heroes Breakfast on September 5, 2014, at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel in Oakland. The event recognizes local individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of courage and kindness. This year’s honorees include the following Alameda County citizens and organizations:

  • Animal Rescue Heroes: Adam Cohen and Ed Coyne
  • While windsurfing in the San Francisco Bay, Ed Coyne rescued a swimming puppy struggling to stay above water and Adam Cohen assisted the rescue by taking the puppy back to shore on his boat. Then after several months of trying to locate the dog’s owner with no luck, Adam and his wife adopted the dog.

  • Community Service Hero, Organization: Community Child Care Council (4C’s)
  • The Community Child Care Council, also known as 4C’s, is an organization that develops collaboration among community partners and childcare providers. The organization provides critical information, which aids in strengthening families and children.

  • Community Service Hero, Organization: Glad Tidings Community Development Corporation
  • Bishop Jerry Macklin established the Glad Tidings Community Development Corporation, a 5013c nonprofit organization comprised of the Glad Tidings Church of God community. They work with a neighborhood collaborative and Hayward city officials to lead the deteriorating, marginalized community of South Hayward toward empowerment through economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and education.

  • Act of Courage Hero: Dan Gale
  • Dan Gale came to the aid of a fellow bus passenger, Sasha Fleishman, whose clothes had been lit on fire. Dan pulled the flaming skirt off of Sasha with his bare hands and remained with him until paramedics arrived. On Sasha’s first bus ride after his recovery, Dan accompanied him on the same line.

  • Act of Courage Hero: Philip Scholz
  • On his way home from work, Philip Scholz noticed a man on the ACE train tracks in Pleasanton. Since Phil was a regular commuter, he knew an express train was on its way. He called to the man repeatedly, advising him to get off the tracks. As the train approached, Phil laid down on the platform, reaching to pull the individual up and out. As the train entered the station, it struck both men. Phil was killed in the accident but the second man survived.

  • Lifesaving Hero: Jose Tamayo
  • While walking with his family on the San Leandro Marina Par Exercise Course, Jose Tamayo heard a young girl screaming for help from the water. Jose jumped into the water and rescued her from the strong currents. He then noticed a young boy floating face down, so he rushed back into the water to rescue him. The seven-year-old appeared to be unconscious, so Jose used his CPR knowledge to help save his life.

  • Blood Services Hero: Josie Mattos
  • Josie Mattos, a volunteer for the Fremont Police Department since 2009, donates an average of 600-700 hours every year to the community. One of the most notable contributions is her leadership in organizing blood drives with the American Red Cross. Since 2010, she has coordinated a total of 12 blood drives, resulting in the collection of over 600 pints of blood.

  • Act of Kindness & Philanthropy Hero: Mary Silveria
  • Noticing the growing homeless population, Mary Silveria, a life-long resident of Hayward, decided to take action. At age 82, whenever Mary goes out for a drive she carries a stock of non-perishable food and clothing items in her car and keeps an eye out for homeless individuals in need. She also contributes money to those in need.

  • Community Service Hero, Individual: Officer Tim DeGrano
  • Tim DeGrano has served the San Leandro community for more than 25 years as a police officer, and also helps his community by volunteering for the St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda for more than 20 years and spending his free time at the Alameda Boys and Girls Club, where he is active in fundraising events.

    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:

    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 prepare for, respond to, and recover from 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.