You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Red Cross to Honor Local Heroes from Stanislaus and Tuolumne

Everyday individuals performing extraordinary acts of courage and kindness

Modesto, CA (Thursday, May 5, 2016) On Wednesday, May 18, the American Red Cross will honor community members from Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties who have performed extraordinary acts of courage and kindness. Honorees were nominated by members of the community for such selfless deeds as saving lives, performing First Aid/CPR, raising money for earthquake victims, and much more.

As a community leader in emergency preparedness, prevention, and response, the Red Cross is proud to pay tribute to the following heroes who have taken action in a time of crisis to help others and show extraordinary human compassion:

     Adult Good Samaritan

Deborah Cree (Modesto) – Debbie responded not once, but twice during a two-week period to attempt to resuscitate victims and then attend compassionately to their families.

     Youth Good Samaritan

Dominic Barandica (Modesto) – Dominic advocated for concussion-sensing devices to be placed inside the football helmets of his high school teammates, a program that was then expanded to include all Modesto high schools.

     First Responder

Police Officers Juan Arroyo and Jeremy Davis (Modesto) – Officers Arroyo and Davis responded to a distress call and performed CPR on a 46-year-old victim. They are credited with saving the man’s life.


Stephen Rodriguez (Modesto) While returning from a routine delivery, truck driver Steve Rodriguez witnessed a man jumping from a highway overpass. He pulled the injured man to safety, saving his life.

     Animal Rescue

Sheriff’s Deputy Wade Carr and “Rocky” (Modesto) – Rocky was wounded in the line of duty while apprehending a suspect at a local convenience store. Together he and his partner worked together to resolve the situation and Rocky recovered.

     Red Cross Hero

Nicole Buck (Modesto) Nicole rushed to the scene of a horrific road accident involving a motorcycle rider whose leg had been torn off at the knee. She quickly took control of the scene and applied a tourniquet, then remained on the scene until emergency personnel arrived.

     Spirit of the Red Cross

Alec and Austin Butler (Riverbank) – The Butler brothers have hosted two, Water Fore Life golf tournaments, which have raised nearly $80,000 to build wells, homes and churches in earthquake-ravaged Nepal.

     Red Cross Volunteer Hero

Wayne Johnson (Modesto) A longtime Red Cross volunteer, Mr. Johnson, who died in 2016, will be honored posthumously for his service.

     Business Hero

Burnside Body Shop (Modesto) – A longtime supporter of the Red Cross, Burnside donates to more than 30 local charitable organizations. Owner Brent Burnside and his team have refitted several autos and donated them to needy individuals.

     Business Hero

McDonald’s (Tuolumne County) – When the Butte Fire erupted last summer, McDonalds donated 100% of the proceeds from apple pies—more than $6,000—to aid victims of the fire.

Proceeds from the Heroes event will support the critical disaster relief services provided by the American Red Cross Gold Country Region as well as critical Red Cross training programs which help prepare our community members to respond in times of emergency.

WHAT:           10th Annual Red Cross Heroes Recognition Event

WHERE:         Doubletree by Hilton
                         1150 9th Street
                          Downtown Modesto

WHEN:           Wednesday, May 18
                         7:30 – 9 a.m.

TICKETS:      $65 each available at or by calling (916) 993-7082

Event Master of Ceremonies is Stanislaus County of Education Superintendent Tom Changnon. Event sponsors include E. & J. Gallo Winery, Doctors Medical Center, Mocse Credit Union, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Walmart.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

The Gold Country Region serves a twenty-four county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties.

For more information, please visit or Stay up to date by following us on Twitter (@RCSierraDelta or join the conversation on Facebook’s Sierra-Delta Chapter.