Looking for the Hero Next Door


Every year the American Red Cross honors extraordinary acts of courage, humanity, unselfishness, and commitment to our communities at our annual Heroes’ Breakfast, being held this year on Wednesday, March 28 at the Riverside Convention Center in Bend.

We’re looking for hero nominations from across Central Oregon.  Our heroes, once nominated, are selected based on how their unselfish and/ or heroic acts have helped: Save a life; have positively impacted lives; inspired the community, or; have exemplified the Red Cross mission to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies.

Once we receive the hero nominations, we’ll sit down with a select group of volunteers, sponsors and community leaders to choose a special handful of deserving winners. At past Heroes’ Breakfasts, awards have been presented to children, adults, groups, organizations, businesses and even animals.

Examples of past heroic acts include: Performing first aid or CPR to save a life; Helping others escape a house fire, car accident or other life-threatening situation; Performing a water or wilderness rescue; A professional rescue that went above and beyond the line of duty or occurred when the rescuer was not working; An ongoing commitment to a cause that has positively impacted residents in our community; Helping people be safe, save lives and/or provide improved quality of life; An individual or group that champions safety, disaster preparedness and disaster response in the community, and; An animal that has been involved in a rescue or has provided therapy/emotional support.

To submit a nomination:

Ideally, the heroic act occurred within the past year, unless the nomination is for an ongoing commitment to saving and rebuilding lives. We hope our heroes will reflect the diversity of Oregon. Nominees of all backgrounds are encouraged!

The Hero awards will be presented at the 8th annual Heroes’ Breakfast- Wednesday, March 28, 2012.


In Oregon, the American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disaster every 20 hours; supplies more than 90 percent of Oregon’s blood; teaches thousands of Oregonians lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.oregonredcross.org or join our award-winning blog at www.oregonredcross.org/blog.  


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