Red Cross Honors Local Heroes at Groton Event May 30

We honor everyday people who do extraordinary things.

FARMINGTON, CONN., May 22, 2014 – The American Red Cross will honor Local Heroes at a breakfast in Groton on Friday, May 30. Honorees come from communities across Southeastern Connecticut and the Connecticut shoreline. They represent all ages and walks of life.

The breakfast will be held at the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa. Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Tickets for the event are $40. Wells Fargo is presenting sponsor of the event.

“Our annual Heroes events never fail to inspire those who attend,” said American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno. “We honor everyday people who do extraordinary things. They symbolize the best in the human spirit and reflect the Red Cross ideal of helping others.” Mr. Bruno said the honorees were nominated by the public over the last several months. “These are people who have made a difference – in some cases, a lifesaving difference – in their communities and are true heroes.”

Bruno said the event is part of a series of three held in the state. “We honored heroes from Central and Northern Connecticut in Hartford in March and heroes from Southwestern Connecticut on May 9 in Trumbull. More information on all the events is available at www.redcross.org/ct/heroes.”

Honorees at the Groton breakfast include:

A Norwich man who uses his professional experience in the mental health field to support the American Red Cross and community partners in helping people cope with disasters.

An eight-year-old from Uncasville who acted quickly to help her diabetic mother during a medical emergency.

A Norwich woman in her early 90s with a 30-year history of volunteering at Red Cross blood drives.

The Town of Waterford, being recognized for its community preparedness and resilience efforts.

A West Haven teen who helped several family members and pets escape a devastating fire.

A Waterford teen whose brush with drowning after a boating incident prompted him to launch a community access life jacket program for children.

A Norwich Police Officer on patrol who tracked the smell of smoke to a nearby home and rescued a trapped occupant.

A dog that helped save its disabled Montville companion from choking by alerting emergency responders.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy club hockey team, who averted tragedy when they stepped in to take the wheel of the team bus when the driver lost consciousness.

Mr. Bruno said the Heroes celebration would give the community an opportunity to recognize the good works of people in their communities and to celebrate the mission of the American Red Cross. “Nearly 96% of the American Red Cross workforce is volunteers. Those volunteers work every day to change lives and save lives. They are everyday people doing extraordinary things, just like the people we will honor on May 30.”

The Red Cross Heroes breakfast will be held Friday, May 30, at the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa, 625 North Road (Route 117) in Groton. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration at 7:00 a.m. Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets online, visit http://www.redcross.org/ct/heroes. For more information or to reserve your tickets, contact Devin Cleary at (860) 678-4310 or email him at Devin.Cleary@redcross.org