Adult Hero: helped another person in critical need utilizing skills aligned with those taught in American Red Cross training program.
Emergency Response Hero: presented to a professional or volunteer serving as a law enforcement official, firefighter, first responder, or in the medical or healthcare field. The nominee exhibited heroism in their response to an emergency, on or off-duty through acts of courage and unselfishness in response to an identified need.
From the Heart Hero: donated blood on a regular consistent basis or supported blood donation through volunteering at area blood drives.
Military Hero: presented to a member of the armed forces (active or retired, commissioned or non-commissioned) whose lifesaving action went above and beyond the call of duty. The award may also be presented to someone who has supported military members, veterans, and their families.
Youth Hero (age 18 or younger): demonstrated courage, initiative, and/or compassion in the spirit of the American Red Cross in service to another individual or the community.
Animal Hero: any animals that have acted in a heroic manner/assisted in a life-saving action. The winner of this category can include therapy animals (such as dogs, horses, etc), police K-9s, search-and-rescue, family pet, etc.