Each year, individuals and organizations from our community make a positive impact on the lives of others, whether through a lifesaving action or tireless work to benefit our community.
On April 28th, 2015, American Red Cross of Alaska honored the 2015 Real Heroes, "everyday heroes" who reflect the mission of the American Red Cross by making our community a safer and better place to live and work.
If you know of a local individual or organization that should be recognized for their heroism or exemplary service to our community, nominate them as a 2016 Red Cross Real Hero. Simply go to the "Nominate a Hero" link at the left of this page or Click Here, complete the online form before the December 31th deadline.
There are several hero categories including Alaska Safety, Community Safety, Marine Rescue, Medical Rescue, Workplace Safety, Youth Good Samaritan, Wilderness Rescue, Military Rescue, Adult Good Samaritan and Fire Rescue.
To learn more about the Real Hero award winners from 2015, please watch the video's below.
AWARD SPONSORED BY ASRC Energy Services
On a November hunting trip up the haul road, David and Morgan saw the truck in front of them begin to jackknife on the ice. Moments later the truck slid over the edge of the road to a snowbank, with the cab hanging at the edge of a 600 foot drop. The two shot out in winter gear for the -35 weather to rescue the driver, who was wedged between the door and the side of his vehicle without cold weather gear.
AWARD SPONSORED BY BP
Kotlik S&R brought people to safety during the November 9 winter storm flood in Kotlik. Icy water rose rapidly in the cold night, over waists within an hour. Group worked in dangerous, dark conditions with river boats and their waders to rescue the community, dodging ice.
AWARD SPONSORED BY Dowland-Bach
A family of four was stranded on Nakwasina Sound beach in freezing weather. Merkel heard from a friend that a local family was stranded high and dry on a beach and set out immediately by boat through intense rain, snow, and winds above 40 knots. He relayed the family’s position to the coast guard air station and stayed on scene, though the weather prevented him from getting to shore. Coast guard was unable to launch a helicopter, and called Sitka Mountain Rescue to join in a skiff, overcome elements and land the boat at the beach to recover the family.
AWARD SPONSORED BY Shell Explorations and Production Company
On June 4, a floatplane in SE carrying 7 passengers disappeared. A CG6038 crew flew through low cloud heavy rains and ¼ mile visibility to locate the crash in a narrow mountain pass. Petty Officer White cleared the helicopter through treetops and heavy clouds, then deployed and climbed 500 ft on a 60 degree slope to get to the 6 surviving passengers. He guided the injured to the helicopter for emergency care, then stayed with the remaining passengers until further help could arrive.
AWARD SPONSORED BY First National Bank Alaska
Griffin came to the aid of a choking student in February after lunch at elementary school. The student was choking on a carrot. Griffin smacked the student on the back. When that didn’t work, he gave abdominal thrusts to dislodge the carrot from the victim. Griffin learned the technique in 3rd grade.