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Red Cross Announces 2014 Contra Costa County Heroes

Danville, CA – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter will honor recipients of the 2014 Contra Costa County Heroes Awards at a breakfast Friday, October 24, at the Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville. The annual Contra Costa County Heroes Breakfast recognizes local individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary courage and kindness proudly sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and CSAA Insurance Group – an AAA Insurer.

This year’s honorees include the following Contra Costa County citizens and organizations:

Act of Courage Hero

Ty Carter of Antioch is one of seven living Americans to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Afghanistan. This is the United States of America’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. (Award will be accepted by Ty’s father, Mark Carter.)

Animal Rescue Heroes

Thanks to the quick actions of Alex Edmon and John Fransen of the California Highway Patrol, a small Chihuahua was given a second chance at life when they rescued the trapped and shaking animal on top of a median along Interstate Highway 680 in Walnut Creek.

Act of Kindness and Philanthropy Hero

The Nicholas Colby Fund is a continuous story of love, hope, care, and inspiration. The Fund was created by parents Lamont and Sheila Gilbert whose son, Nicholas Colby Gilbert, was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a vicious form of cancer that strikes young children. Unfortunately, Nicholas passed away in 2006, but his parents keep his legacy living strong.

Community Service Hero

BART Station Agent John Buitrago saved a life and become a hero when he located a missing young man with autism. John continues to raise awareness about issues associated with autism and how to handle situations if members of the public should encounter a missing person with autism.

Lifesaving Heroes

Three California High School seniors, Peter Kravariotis, Garen Kissoyan, and Kirill Yantikov saved a 94-year-old woman and her partially blind 18-year-old Jack Russell Terrier from her burning house in San Ramon.

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 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.