Alameda County Heroes Announced

Oakland, CA (August 15, 2012) – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter announced the recipients of its 2012 Alameda County Heroes Awards, all of whom will be honored at the 2012 Alameda County Heroes Breakfast on Friday, September 27 at the Hilton Oakland Airport in Oakland. The annual program celebrates everyday heroes, recognizing those 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 Alameda County citizens and organizations:

Act of Kindness and Philanthropy Hero

  • Sergeant Fredrick Bobbitt aided the family of a young Fremont police officer who developed a rare cancer, acting as a liaison between the organization and the officer, to ensure the officer’s needs were met.
  • Animal Rescue Hero

  • Alex Fernando took the initiative amongst several other watchers in Berkeley to rescue a puppy who was brutally abused by a homeless man.
  • Community Service Hero, Organization

  • Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit, 97 dedicated unpaid volunteers, who provide professional level of search management and incident leadership to effectively locate, stabilize and transport lost or injured persons within the county.
  • 100 Black Men of America, Inc. arededicated to helping African American youth by providing scholarships and mentoring while trying to improve the quality of life for all local communities.
  • Community Service Hero, Individual

  • Maryann Mitchell has helped the community of Oakland for the past 22 years by distributing backpacks, providing meals to needy families, and offering hygienic products and job announcements to transient registrants, all while ensuring that clients are served with kindness.
  • Act of Courage Heroes

  • Sheriff Deputies Tony Whittle and Sandra Williams reacted quickly and collaborated together, while risking their own lives, to rescue 24 inmates locked inside a burning bus while on their way to the Santa Rita Jail.
  • Lifesaving Heroes

  • James Jackson saved the life of a disabled Oakland resident whose body was on fire while trying to escape the burning apartment.
  • Sergeant John Kovach, Officer Randy Ramos and Officer Karl Geser of Newark were collectively able to locate the life threatening injuries that a victim endured due to multiple gunshot wounds and saved his life.
  • Blood Donation Heroes

  • Catholic Diocese of Oakland and 14 Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints partnered up with the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region to collect 1,700 units of blood in one month; the largest single blood drive in history for this region and the largest faith-based blood drive in the national organization’s history.
  • 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: This event benefits Red Cross disaster readiness and relief efforts in Bay Area.

    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.

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