Award Winners - 2013

Community Resilience Hero

State Trouper Roupen Bastajian

Presented by Clean Care of New England Inc.

Off-duty Rhode Island State Trooper Roupen Bastajian had just completed the Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded, changing many people’s lives forever, and turning Bastajian into lifesaving hero. Trooper Bastajian might not agree with the term hero, but his actions clearly demonstrate the fact. Read more....

Youth Services Hero

Rafael Gardiner

Presented by Amica Insurance

Rafael Gardiner is no stranger to the Red Cross. Gardiner is the Youth Council Chairman at the Rhode Island Chapter. In his two years with the Chapter, he has become increasingly involved in the mission of the organization and in helping other youth to become part of the organization. Read more....

Spirit of the Red Cross Hero

Christina Pilkington

Presented by CVS Caremark

Last summer, Red Cross volunteer Christina Pilkington was driving home from work when she saw a man collapse along Route 116 in Lincoln. He was clearly in distress, slumped over on the side of the road while traffic whizzed by. Read more...

Military Valor Hero (in memoriam)

Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Raymond McGill

Presented by Alex and Ani

Staff Sergeant Timothy Raymond McGill was a Green Beret from A Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces from the Rhode Island National Guard. He was killed in action September 21 while deployed in Afghanistan. Read more...


Army Sgt. Dennis P.Weichel, Jr.

Presented by Alex and Ani

Sergeant Dennis Weichel of the Rhode Island National Guard gave his life to save a child while deployed in Afghanistan in March of 2012. Read more...

Life Saving Hero

Cody Arsenault & Joseph McDonough “Mac” Walsh

Presented by Cox Media

Lifeguards Cody Arsenault and Mac Walsh went above and beyond their duty as lifeguards at the Ocean House beach in Watch Hill last summer when they helped to rescue seven people stranded by a strong rip current at the neighboring public beach. Read more...

Animal Rescue Hero

Earl O'Keefe, Retired Dog, United States Marine

Presented by American Red Cross

Lance Corporal Bradley O’Keefe, with the Third Battalion, Sixth Marines Lima Company, was a trained explosive detection K-9 handler deployed in Afghanistan and assigned with his K-9 partner, Earl, to patrol for explosive devices that were killing

American soldiers. Read more...

First Responder Hero

Officer Richard Cordeiro

Presented by Webster Bank

East Providence Police Officer Richard Cordeiro is likely responsible for saving the life of a runner who collapsed last June on a city street. Read more...


Lieutenant David Reed

Presented by Webster Bank

Pawtucket Fire Lieutenant David Reed was off duty last December, attending a Christmas concert at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Newport. He heard someone gasping for air and approached to offer assistance to a 72 year-old man who was having difficulty breathing and subsequently collapsed. Read more...