Carrie Bull of Washburn was nominated by Steven Gudreau. Carrie, who was a Mapleton One Stop at the time, performed life-saving CPR on Steven after he came into the store. When Steven collapsed and stopped breathing, Carrie sprung into action.
Lisa Caron of Caribou was nominated by Casey Bouchard. Lisa was on her way to an event when she noticed that her elderly neighbor was lying face down on the ground by her mailbox. Lisa decided to act immediately and stayed with the distressed woman, providing her comfort until paramedics arrived.
Joey Cain of Limestone was nominated by Jonathan Cote. Joey was on a lunch break at McDonald’s when he noticed a man was choking and turning blue. Joey quickly went into action, performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged the object, saving the man’s life.
Roderick and Adam Guerrette, a father and son from Caribou, receive the Real Heroes Award for saving two local residents from their burning home by knocking down their door and alerting them that their house was on fire.
Damian Languell of Wade was nominated by Heidi Thompson. Damian came upon a young man who was in desperate need of help after getting into a car accident. Damian saw that the young man was pinned inside his car. Damian dragged the teenager from the burning car just in time, saving his life.
Melodie Lavoie of Madawaska, along with Wendy Sirois, was nominated by Bob and Collette Bouchard. Melodie and Wendy sprang into action one morning while at church when they noticed a man had passed out and was not breathing They performed lifesaving CPR until paramedics arrived.
Courtney Lovely of Presque Isle was nominated by Jamie Guerrette. Courtney was travelling along the Interstate one cold day and noticed that a car had gotten into an accident and rolled down an embankment. Courtney courageously responded to the woman in the car, risking her own comfort and safety to ensure that the woman would be safe and receive the help she needed.
Dr. Valerie Waldermarson and Caribou JMG students
Community Impact Real Hero Award
Dr. Valerie Waldermarson and Caribou JMG students were nominated by Apollo Grundin. Dr. Waldermarson and the JMG students have invested their time in improving the quality of lives in Aroostook County. These amazing students have contributed more than 1,200 hours of community service without asking for anything in return – and Valerie was with them every step of the way. Valerie and her students prove that real Heroes come in all ages and they are shining examples of selfless service to others.
Norm Ginish and Karen St. Peter of Caribou
Veteran Impact Award
Norm Ginish and Karen St. Peter of Caribou, nominated by Lister-Knowlton Auxilary VFW Post 9389, have dedicated their lives serving veterans in their community. Over the past year, Norm and Karen have put their hearts and souls into helping the Dahlgren Skidgel Farm of Hope; They have spent thousands of hours tirelessly working to make sure that Aroostook County never hears of another homeless veteran ever again. They exemplify selfless service and dedication to their fellow veterans and the community as a whole.
Cary Medical Center
Real Heroes Biomed Award
For more than 35 years Cary Medical Center, working with the Red Cross, has built one of the most successful blood donor programs in New England. Cary continues this tradition, thanks to the hundreds of individuals who selflessly give of their own blood and their time to help save the lives of people they don’t even know.This year’s award is dedicated to a selfless, and caring volunteer who had a passion for helping others, especially about making a difference in her community through blood drives. The American Red Cross is proud to dedicate this year’s Biomed Award to Arlene Doody.
Volunteer of the Year Award
Bill Thomas of Woodland was nominated by the American Red Cross and Lister-Knowlton VFW Post 9389.
Bill is dedicated to helping people in need, whether they're in the County or across the country, as a Red Cross volunteer. In addition to his service through the Red Cross, he works with countless other organizations and committees here in Aroostook County. If a person’s wealth was found in the size of his heart, Bill would be the richest man in the world.
Tim Horton’s and Chad Saunders
Business of the Year Award
Tim Horton’s and Chad Saunders are being recognized for their far-reaching generosity. Chad, the operations manager for three Aroostook County locations, is dedicated to helping others. Not only have Chad and Tim Horton’s been quick to help the local American Red Cross in times of need, but they have spent countless hours and given thousands of dollars to support other causes in their community. Their kindness and dedication has benefited the most vulnerable members of the community.