Red Cross seeks Hero nominations

Submitted Photo Lavon Shields was honored as the 2014 Blood Hero.

By Wayne Allen

The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross are accepting nominations for its annual heroes breakfast. The annual event is held to celebrate those that go above and beyond the call of duty.

“Each year, the American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley presents awards to local heroes who saved lives, exemplified the Red Cross mission or made significant, positive differences in our community in the areas of emergency response, disaster preparedness and prevention,” said Debbie Smith, Community Executive with the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross in a released statement.

Smith said heroes will be honored in the categories of Blood/Tissue/Organ Hero; CPR/AED/First Aid Hero; Community Hero; Military/Veteran Hero; Fire/Preparedness Hero; Adult Good Samaritan; Workplace Hero; Wellness Hero; Youth Good Samaritan; Volunteer Hero; Volunteer Hero; and the Marcia Sanderlin Hero Award, which is presented to a Red Cross volunteer or supporter who has gone above and beyond expectations either as a volunteer or financial supporter.

She said nominations will be accepted until Friday, July 3 for each of the categories. Nominees must reside in Jackson, Pike, Lawrence, Adams or Scioto counties.

“Heroes come in many shapes and sizes, in the past we have honored individuals, groups, adults, children and even pets,” Smith said.

The act of heroism must have occurred after July 1, 2014, or be ongoing. Nomination forms may be picked up at the Red Cross office, 1801 Robinson Ave., or downloaded from the Red Cross ORV Facebook page at

The Red Cross Heroes Breakfast will occur Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Friend’s Community Center. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and concludes by 9:15 a.m.

Proceeds from the event help support local disaster prevention, preparation and relief, the lifesaving training of first aid, CPR/AED classes, collection and testing of blood and blood products, support to military members serving around the globe, the transportation program, and international programs provided by the American Red Cross.

Tickets for the annual event are $10 per person or $25 for patron seats and can be obtained at 1801 Robinson Ave. in Portsmouth or by calling 740-354-3293.

This story originally appeared in the Portsmouth Daily Times.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT