Red Cross Announces 2013 Heroes Awards, MN

The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region announces its 2013 Heroes Awards recipients. This year’s ten honorees include a janitor who saved a choking student, a former prison inmate who turned his life around and now mentors others, and a young man who accidentally discovered and helped rescue a missing woman.

“Red Cross Heroes are honored for exemplifying the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies,” says Phil Hansen, CEO of the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region.

The 2013 Heroes include: Jeffrey Wynne of Hastings, Claudia Kelly of Long Lake, Jim Jukich of Hibbing, Fire Captain Robert Kippels of St. Paul, Douglas Szarkowski of Plymouth, Dave Nelson of Albertville, Teresa Hazeman of Anoka, Sergeant David Kromschroeder of Rosemount, Sergeant Brian Saaristo of Barnum, and Geoffrey Racette of Plymouth.

The 2013 Heroes will be honored at the 5th annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on Thursday, June 6, at the Legends Club at Target Field in Minneapolis. The public is invited to attend, help recognize local heroes, and support local Red Cross programs and services. Tickets and table sponsorships are available online at or by calling (612) 872-3207.

The American Red Cross Heroes Awards raise awareness about ordinary people whose extraordinary actions exemplify the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Each hero was nominated by a member of the community and selected by the 2013 Heroes Breakfast Nomination Committee.

Thank you to our 2013 Heroes Breakfast sponsors, including presenting sponsor General Mills and additional sponsors CHS, Ecolab, Medica Foundation, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical Foundation, Thomson Reuters, Travelers, UnitedHealthcare and US Bank along with our Media Partner Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

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. Comprised of six community chapters, the Northern Minnesota Region serves 4.3 million people in 45 counties in northern Minnesota and 3 counties in western Wisconsin. Learn more at