Red Cross Looks to Highlight Unsung Heroes

The American Red Cross Kansas Capital Area Chapter has opened the nomination process for the chapter’s inaugural Tribute to Heroes: Everyday People. Extraordinary Courage. The local Red Cross chapter will honor community members who have demonstrated heroism through extraordinary acts of courage and kindness.

Through March 14, northeast Kansans are encouraged to visit and share their story of everyday people performing extraordinary acts.

“This is a great opportunity to truly thank someone for the difference they’ve made,” said Jo Ann Long, Community Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross Kansas Capital Area Chapter. “Every day I am amazed by the acts of bravery in our communities and look forward to celebrating them in April.”

The heroes will be honored on April 28 at the Tribute to Heroes: Everyday People. Extraordinary Courage. event located at the Ramada Topeka Downtown Hotel and Convention Center. At the event, the heroes and their guests will be honored in front of an audience of community leaders and supporters. Everyone will be treated to dinner and will enjoy heartfelt videos produced by WIBW-TV. People are eligible for one of nine unique categories:

• Act of Courage Hero (Youth and Adult) – An adult and youth who has performed an extraordinary act of courage.

• Act of Kindness & Philanthropy Hero (Youth and Adult) - An adult and youth who has shown an extreme act of kindness or selflessness.

• Animal Impact Hero - An animal story that demonstrates the powerful and unique relationship between people and animals. The award will highlight how an animal has impacted a human life in an extraordinary way, protected a human in time of need or a person who has rescued an animal from a traumatic situation.

• Community Service Hero - An adult or youth who has performed a great community service.

• Lifesaving Hero - An adult or youth who has performed an extraordinary lifesaving act, using skills such as CPR or first aid.

• Military Courage Hero - Presented to an individual who performed a courageous act in the community or made a positive impact on military personnel, the work they do or their families. This can include military personnel, retired military or a military family member who has made an impact or those individuals who work with or for the military.

• Public Safety Hero - A police officer, firefighter, search and rescue, or related public safety emergency response personnel who has gone above and beyond the line of duty, perhaps by placing oneself in danger to save or protect life in our community.

“We are thrilled to hold the Heroes Event this year and recognize our community’s unsung heroes,” said Long.

To honor someone, the nominee must live or work in Chase, Coffey, Clay, Fort Riley, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Lyon, Marshall, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, and Washington Counties.

To submit a nomination, visit Nomination forms are also available upon request by calling (785) 234-0568. Self nominations are not permitted.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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