American Red Cross Accepting Nominations for Hometown Heroes Ceremony

Long Beach, October 19, 2012 – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Hometown Heroes Awards Luncheon.The Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross is asking the local community to take action and nominate everyday heroes. Hometown Heroes Awards celebrate the selfless acts of courage and humanitarian service by real people in our communities. These individuals' extraordinary acts exemplify the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering.

All nominees must reside in the Greater Long Beach Chapter’s jurisdiction of Artesia, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Paramount, San Pedro, Signal Hill, Wilmington and Catalina Island. The heroic act must have occurred outside of the normal course and scope of the Hero's usual and customary work. The heroic event must be a single incident and not part of a disaster or catastrophic event response and the event must have occurred between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. Some examples of heroic acts include, using CPR or assisting a choking person, providing first aid for an accident victim, rescuing someone from drowning/water rescue, providing outstanding humanitarian services to the Armed Forces or Veterans, and helping make our community ready and prepared for disasters.

The individuals will be recognized at an awards luncheon on March 21, 2013 at The Grand Event Center in Long Beach. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, January 31, 2013. If you know someone who performed an extraordinary act and would like to nominate them the nomination form can be downloaded at www.redcrosslb.org.

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. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog. Serving the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Carson, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Lakewood, Long Beach, Montebello, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, San Pedro, Signal Hill, Whittier, Wilmington and Catalina Island