Red Cross Announces 2013 Contra Costa County Heroes

Danville, CA (October 7, 2013) – The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter will honor recipients of the 2013 Contra Costa County Heroes Awards at a breakfast Friday, October 25, at the Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville. The annual Contra Costa County Heroes Breakfast recognizes local individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary courage and kindness proudly sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and CSAA Insurance Group – a AAA Insurer.

This year’s honorees include the following Contra Costa County citizens and organizations:

Lifesaving Hero

  • Ryan Sealey performed CPR to a four-year-old girl who had been underwater for several minutes at a fitness center in Antioch.
  • Act of Kindness and Philanthropy Hero

  • Mike Rose and his staff at Mike’s Auto Body have repaired and donated more than 40 refurbished cars to deserving individuals, families, and community organizations through the Benevolence Program.
  • Community Service Hero, Individual

  • April Rovero started the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) to generate nationwide awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse after her youngest son passed away in 2009 from a lethal combination of alcohol and misused prescription medication.
  • Community Service Hero, Organization

  • DeNova Homes founders Dave and Lori Sanson are deeply committed to building a better community through helping nonprofit organizations and families by addressing the causes of homelessness. They also served as builder-captains for the major remodel of the domestic violence shelter operated by STAND! For Families Free of Violence.
  • Animal Rescue Hero

  • Julie Linford, founder of Outcast Cat Help in Martinez, has been working to help educate the public and assist the citizens throughout Contra Costa County on the issue of “community cats” since 2005 to eventually implement a high-volume, low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic in the county.
  • Act of Courage

  • Aaron Hern, a resident of Martinez, was severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombings as he patiently waited for his mother to finish the marathon. He suffered shrapnel wounds but with his determination and resiliency, he has been an inspiration as he manages all the necessary steps on his path to wellness.
  • 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:

    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.