American Red Cross Names 2013 Heroes

It is vitally important we continue to recognize these unsung heroes so they can continue to serve as an inspiration.

The Heroes Breakfast was created to celebrate and recognize those individuals who live and work amongst us who have had a significant impact on our community or displayed a selfless act of heroism. It is vitally important we continue to recognize these unsung heroes so they can continue to serve as an inspiration for all, weaving a more vibrant web of support and involvement within our communities.

The Red Cross has been the place where compassionate people freely give their time and talent to help prevent and ease human suffering among friends, neighbors and even strangers. Each year during the month of March we formally recognize the American Red Cross and its essential humanitarian role in our community by honoring the amazing contribution that people have made to make New Hampshire a better place to live.

We are pleased to share this inspiring morning with Unitil, the Title Sponsor for this year’s Heroes Breakfast. “Heroes come from all walks of life. These people are proof that one person can make a significant difference and positively impact the wellbeing of others”, said Maria White, CEO Red Cross of NH.

Please join us in celebrating the 2013 American Red Cross Heroes, on Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Southern New Hampshire University Dining Center, Conference Facility 2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03104

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This Year’s Heroes

Milford High School seniors Molly Mendola and Andrew Meyers are being recognized for saving two people from a rip tide at Hampton Beach in May of 2012. Both are Red

Cross certified life guards and, because of their training, they were able to pull the couple to shore.

Jon Worrall, a retired Sergeant First Class in the Army, turned his retirement camp into a retreat to help wounded veterans. Using his own money and a few donations from others, he performs the maintenance of the camp and covers the costs of his guests.

Gino Otero and Jaquel Holmes were on their way home from football practice at Central High School when they saw an apartment building fire. With no rescue personnel in sight, they knocked on doors and yelled throughout the building to alert residents, and carried a man in a wheelchair to safety.

John Washburn blood donor, has donated blood, blood plasma and platelets monthly totaling over 300 donations. Thanks to his numerous generous donations and his efforts to recruit other donors he has saved many lives.

Educare Daycare and Learning Center employee Patty Driscoll noticed a 5 month old infant under her care had stopped breathing. Patty was certified in CPR, and responded immediately, giving the baby rescue breaths until help arrived.

Days from his retirement last spring, Greenland Police Chief Mike Maloney was on the scene of a local drug bust when the situation turned deadly. The suspect opened fire on officers as they approached the door. Chief Maloney placed himself in harm’s way as he intervened and saved the wounded. He paid the ultimate price in order to protect his colleagues and the public.

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. For more information, please visit redcross.org/nh or call us at 1-800-464-6692. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Hampshire at P.O. Box 2528, Concord, NH 03302-2528. Please consider joining us as we empower others to prepare, prevent and respond to emergencies.