LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17, 2022 — Calling all heroes! Do you know an "ordinary” person with extraordinary courage? Do you know someone who has saved a life, helped a neighbor in need, or made a difference in their community? The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region is seeking nominations for its 17th Annual Hometown Heroes Luncheon honoring courageous individuals from across Los Angeles County who have demonstrated heroism through extraordinary acts of courage and humanitarian service. Heroes can be nominated via the Red Cross website (redcross.org/la-heroes) and are due by Feb. 28.
We are seeking heroic acts such performing CPR or rescuing someone from drowning; not just the story, but also photos of how they look or walk through this world. The heroic act must have occurred outside of the normal course and scope of the hero’s usual and customary work. Additionally, the Red Cross asks that all nominated heroes work or reside in LA County; though the heroic acts may have occurred elsewhere and have taken place in the last year.
SEE: Photos of the Red Cross 16th Annual Hometown Heroes (Flickr)
ALSO SEE: Live feed from the Red Cross 16th Annual Hometown Heroes Luncheon (YouTube)
Honorees from the virtual 2020 Hometown Heroes awards ceremony include Jennifer Kenna, who used her first aid and CRP training to rescue her choking daughter; Cambria and Maci Lawrence, sisters at Valencia High School, who started Keep the Pressure, a nonprofit that provides bleed kits and training to schools so that people can respond quickly. The kits were relied on by teachers and students after the Saugus High School shooting in November 2019, including Kaitlin Holt, who treated a student with one of the kits, and was honored for her effort. Matthew Kang who delivered CPR to a stranger and assisted emergency personnel as they stabilized the man to transport him to a nearby hospital.
This year’s award recipients will be honored at the 17th Annual Hometown Heroes Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 19 at the Carson Community Center in Carson. For sponsorship information and to nominate a hero, visit redcross.org/la-heroes.