Red Cross seeking East Idaho heroes

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Press release
Staff Writer

Sometimes there are heroes among us and we don’t even know it.
Each year, the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho honors these every day heroes — East Idaho individuals whose extraordinary acts of courage saved a life.
This year’s East Idaho Real Heroes event will be March 8 from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 700 Lindsay Blvd. in Idaho Falls.
If you know someone who a pulled a drowning child to safety, administered CPR to a stranger or performed another heroic act, nominate them to become an American Red Cross East Idaho Real Hero.
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 JT Parker, an 8-year-old from Sugar City who saved his father’s life after the car they were working on fell on him; Shelden Bonnell, a UPS driver who at 2 in the morning helped alert a sleeping Swan Valley family that their garage was on fire; and Magen Mickelsen, who provided medical assistance to a hunter who had been shot accidentally.
To nominate someone to receive a Real Hero award, visit www.redcross/org and click on the Nominate a Hero link. If you have questions, call (208) 855-4939.
Proceeds from the annual event help fund live-saving Red Cross programs across Idaho.

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