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Red Cross Announces 2014 Silicon Valley Chapter Heroes

San Jose, CA – The American Red Cross will honor recipients of the 2014 Silicon Valley Chapter Heroes Awards on November 6, 2014, at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation. The annual breakfast recognizes local individuals and organizations that make a difference in our community through acts of extraordinary courage and kindness and will raise money to help support local disaster relief. Many thanks to our presenting sponsors and the generous support of Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Applied Materials.

2014 honorees include the following Santa Clara County citizens and organizations:

Lifesaving Youth Hero: Rose Marie Munoz

Rose remained calm when her mother screamed for help as her father started having seizures in the middle of the night. Rose came into the room, immediately removed her 3-year old brother from the situation, called 911, and waited at the front door until emergency responders arrived.

Lifesaving Adult Hero: Janell Rubbo

In the middle of her Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) shift driving the Line 64 route, Janell saved the life of a 65-year-old unconscious woman by calling 911 and performing chest compressions for nine minutes until paramedics arrived.

Community Hero: Terry Keisic

As an Emergency Response Team member at Applied Materials, Terry didn’t think twice when someone at the City of Campbell’s Community Center outdoor track had gone into full cardiac arrest and was not breathing. He took charge and gave CPR until the paramedics arrived.

Technology Hero: AdoptMeApp

Founder of the AdoptMe app, Cynthia Typaldos and her team, created a social networking tool to connect prospective families to shelter animals. It is a great way to match dogs and cats in shelters with loving families.

Members of the AdoptMeApp team: Cynthia Typaldos (Founder), Rob Blackwelder, Nancy Cook, Bhanu Iyer, Helena Merk, Frederic Ranft, and Frank Spies.

2014 Humanitarian Partnership of the Year Award

The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is proud to honor El Camino Hospital, the PulsePoint Foundation, and Workday with our 2014 Humanitarian Partnership of the Year Award for their innovation, collaboration, and embodiment of the primary mission of the American Red Cross:

To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

About the partnership: El Camino Hospital, the PulsePoint Foundation, and Workday partnered to bring the PulsePoint CPR/AED Citizen Responder App to all Santa Clara County communities. The app empowers everyday citizens to provide lifesaving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

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About the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter

The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at or call us at 1-877-727-6771. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.