BOISE, IDAHO, Nov. 16, 2017 — Do you know a passerby who pulled a drowning child to safety or a neighbor who administered CPR to a stranger? If so, nominate them to become an American Red Cross Hometown Hero.
Each year, the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho honors Treasure Valley individuals whose extraordinary acts of courage saved a life and made them someone’s hero. This year’s event will be May 24 from noon to 1:30 at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd. in Boise.
Outstanding individuals will be recognized in 12 categories:
YOUTH HERO: Presented to a youth (17 and younger) who applied lifesaving skills to save the life of another.
ANIMAL RESCUE HERO: Presented to a person who saved an animal’s life or to an animal that saved a person’s life.
FIRE SAFETY HERO: Presented to a professional or volunteer firefighter, or an ordinary citizen involved in a fire-related incident, whose lifesaving action went above and beyond the call of duty.
MILITARY HERO: Presented to a member of the Armed Forces (active or retired) whose lifesaving action went above and beyond the call of duty.
MEDICAL HERO: Presented to a medical professional whose lifesaving actions went above and beyond the call of duty.
LAW ENFORCEMENT: Presented to a member of law enforcement or a 911 dispatcher, whose lifesaving action went above and beyond the call of duty.
WORKPLACE SAFETY HERO: Presented to an ordinary citizen who saved a life at the office, a construction site, or any other workplace environment.
WATER SAFETY HERO: Presented to an ordinary citizen or professional rescuer for saving a person in a water environment.
SEARCH AND RESCUE HERO: Presented to a person or organization whose saved one or more lives as a result of a search and rescue mission
BLOOD DONOR HERO: Presented to a person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to donate lifesaving blood to the Red Cross.
SPIRIT OF THE RED CROSS: Presented to a person or organization whose lifesaving action embodies the spirit of the Red Cross.
EVERY DAY CITIZEN HERO: Presented to an ordinary citizen who saved the life of another.
Past winners have included Emily Shaw, a woman who donated her kidney to a man she had met only once; Tristan Reding, a Nampa 18-year-old who helped a woman in a wheelchair out of a burning home; and Ada County paramedics who responded to a November 2016 shooting that injured two Boise police officers.
To nominate someone to receive a Red Cross Hometown Hero award, visit www.redcross/org . If you have questions, please call 208-855-4931.
Proceeds from the annual event help fund live-saving Red Cross programs across Idaho.