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Calling All Heroes: Local Red Cross Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

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Calling All Heroes: Local Red Cross Seeks Public’s Nominations for Annual Awards
15th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast to be held Sept. 29, 2017 aboard U.S.S. Midway Museum

SAN DIEGO, June 13, 2017 – Do you know an “ordinary” person with extraordinary courage? Someone who has saved a life, helped a neighbor in need, or made a difference in their community? If you know a local hero, the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties asks you to nominate them for the 15th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast.

“San Diego and Imperial Counties are home to many whose inspirational deeds of courage and humanitarian service are truly selfless,” said Bill Earley, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “We need the public’s help to locate those individuals and recognize the local heroes for their incredible actions.”

The annual Red Cross Real Heroes Awards Breakfast honors those making an impact through their brave and compassionate actions, demonstrating a true commitment to creating safer, stronger communities.

Since the event’s inception, over 100 heroes have been honored. Watch the inspirational stories of previous honorees at

This year, honorees will be celebrated across nine categories: adult, animal welfare, community leader, community partner, fire and rescue, humanitarian, law enforcement, military and youth. For a complete list of category descriptions, visit:

New this year is the Bill Trumpfheller Community Leadership Award. This award was created in memory of Bill Trumpfheller, a former Red Cross board chair who tragically passed away on December 29, 2016. Trumpfheller will be the first individual to be honored with the prestigious Community Leadership Award. The award is given to an individual or organization that has demonstrated excellence in community leadership and whose exceptional contributions have improved the safety, development or well-being of others or positively impacted the lives of those living in the region.

Heroes are nominated by the public and are chosen by an awards selection committee comprised of local community leaders and event sponsors. Honorees are then selected based on the degree to which their actions uphold the values of the Red Cross humanitarian mission, and leave a lasting and positive impact on the residents of the community.

This year’s Real Heroes award recipients will be honored at the event on Friday, September 29, 2017 aboard the U.S.S. Midway Museum.

How to Nominate a Hero

Submit your nomination form by July 21, 2017 via the avenue easiest for you:

Submit a nomination online or download the nomination form:

Submit a nomination via email:


American Red Cross

Attn: Real Heroes

3950 Calle Fortunada

San Diego, CA 92123

Fax: (858) 309-1285

Join the conversation online, get event updates and share stories about your hero using the hashtag #SDICRealHeroes.

About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties 
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support, we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; services to deployed military personnel and their families, and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a four-year regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or connect with us on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter.

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