Red Cross accepting hero nominations

We’ve all known someone that’s made a difference in our lives or someone that’s saved our lives. The Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for people to nominate those types of people for its 18th annual hero celebration.

In gearing up for its annual heroes breakfast, scheduled for Aug. 18, the Red Cross is accepting nominations for heroes in several categories.

“We’re looking for the community to help share the wonderful hero stories with us. We’re looking for people to nominate heroes in the community,” said Debbie Smith, Community Executive of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. “This is a great opportunity for us and the community, to be able to recognize these people that don’t expect it, but deserve to be recognized.”

The Red Cross is seeking heroes in the following categories, 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.

“We like for people to be creative in their nominations and a lot of times if we do not have a category for it (the type of hero being nominated), we’ll make a category for it,” Smith said.

Hero nominations are due by July 1.

Some of the qualifications of nominations include, when nominating a group, at least one individual from the group must reside in Jackson, Pike, Lawrence, Adams, Brown or Scioto counties. The act of heroism must have occurred after July 1, 2015, 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:

The Red Cross Heroes Breakfast will take place on Thursday Aug. 18 at the SOMC Friend’s with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the conclusion by 9:15 a.m.

Proceeds 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 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.

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