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Red Cross Announces San Francisco County Heroes

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 16, 2013) – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter will honor recipients of the 2013 San Francisco County Heroes Awards at the annual Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, September 26, at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. The program recognizes 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 Officers Matthew Cloud and Stephen Gritsch found a man holding an unconscious infant and as Officer Cloud drove the patrol car to the hospital and Officer Gritsch administered CPR on the infant. After arriving at the hospital, the infant was revived and survived.

Community Service Hero, Individual

• Joise Go and the staff at Mission Inn work with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team and Client Casework Team to help accommodate clients displaced by disasters in San Francisco.

Community Service Hero, Organization

• Project Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides meals with love to seniors and the critically ill, preparing more than 2,500 nutritious meals and 400 bags of healthy groceries on a daily basis.

Act of Kindness Hero, Individual

• Senior Deputy Sheriff Anna Payne started a Sheriff’s Toy Drive to help raise funds, mobilize deputies to help, and purchase gifts and toys for low-incoming and underprivileged children during the holiday season.

Act of Kindness Hero, Organization

• The Princess Project promotes self-confidence and beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who cannot otherwise afford them. Through the dedication of more than 2,000 volunteers, they have served more than 20,000 teens since 2002.

Act of Courage Hero, Organization

• San Francisco Guardian Angels are a nationwide non-profit organization made up of volunteers who make it their mission to increase safety in their community and curb the number of violent robberies in San Francisco.

Act of Courage Hero, Individual

• SFPD Officer Matthew Lobre pulled a woman from her burning apartment on Pine Street.

Public Safety Heroes

• Deputy Sheriffs Matthieu Brule’ and Supremie Wysinger worked together to save a woman during a domestic dispute with her husband.

Animal Rescue Hero

• Grateful Dogs Rescue are dedicated to saving the lives of dogs in San Francisco that are at risk of euthanasia by placing them in foster homes and providing veterinary care and training as needed.

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 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.