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Everyday individuals performing extraordinary acts of courage

Woodland, CA (Thursday, January 07, 2016) The Annual Red Cross Hero Recognition events are always a great way to kick off a brand new year. Recognizing the goodness of people in our community motivates us and we want to continue to inspire our communities.

On Friday, January 22, the American Red Cross will honor community members from El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo Counties who have performed extraordinary acts of courage. This year’s honorees were nominated by members of the community for such selfless deeds as saving lives, performing First Aid/CPR, providing support to military veterans, 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

Dennis Dwyre, Eric Paulson (Davis)– Dennis and Eric prevented a tragedy during a basketball game they were getting ready to play. They performed CPR to save the life of a fellow teammate.
Ivan Romero, Jr (Roseville)– Mr. Romero witnessed an accident which caused a vehicle to explode into flames, but Mr. Romero’s quick actions helped saved the life of a woman from the burning vehicle. 

First Responder

Hector Alvarez (Folsom) – Reserve Police Officer pulled a driver from an engulfed vehicle while on-duty.
Paul Grenier, Kevin Shepherd, Tom Borghese (Rocklin Police Dept.) Chelsea Johnson, Natalie Donaldson (AMR) - Steven Reynolds (Neighbor) (Rocklin) – Working as a team they helped a Rocklin citizen return to life after he had suffered cardiac arrest. 


Scott Gallegos (Elk Grove) – Scott put his own life on the line during a gun fire, rescuing a woman from flying bullets and taking care of her immediate needs.  

Child Good Samaritan

Cooper Cochran (Yolo) – A young cancer survivor who donates super hero capes to other children battling cancer with the message “Be Brave.”

Animal Rescue

Amy Parkko (Garden Valley) – Rescued a missing dog, helped him receive medical treatment after a traffic injury and helped reunite the miniature Australian Shepard with his family in Oregon.

Jeff Wolford and Stanislaus Wiecek (Yolo)– Rescued four horses and two burros from the flames of the Valley wildfire.

 Spirit of the Red Cross

UC Davis Firefighters Burn Institute (Sacramento) – The entire team are recognized for their care and treatment of those brave men and women who fought the Butte and Valley fires.

Theresa Ramos (Sacramento) – After a terrorizing time being held hostage at gun-point, Theresa and two of her friends escaped by using a Taser gun on their captor.

Red Cross Volunteer Hero

Jeremiah Norrell (Placerville) - Jeremiah became a volunteer in late 2014. Since then, he has completed over 50 online and classroom training courses which have equipped him to serve the Disaster Action Team. With the new knowledge he served as Shelter Manager during the Butte Fire in September. Every day, he looks forward to growing even more in his service to others.

Proceeds from the luncheon 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:                       15th Annual Red Cross Heroes Luncheon

WHERE:                    Woodland Community Center

                                    2001 East Street

                                    Woodland, CA 95776

 WHEN:                      Friday, January 22, 2014

                                    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

TICKETS:       Tickets available at

Event Master of Ceremonies is CBS13 Anchor Sam Shane. Event sponsors include AMR, The Daily Democrat, The Kohlmeier Family, Nugget Markets, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Wall Mart and Wells Fargo.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Gold Country Region serves a 24-county region.