Calling all heroes: Local Red Cross seeks public’s nominations for annual awards


Do you know an “ordinary” person with extraordinary courage? Someonewho has saved a life, helped a neighbor in need, or made a difference in their community? If you know alocal hero, the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties asks you to nominate them for the16th Annual Real Heroes Breakfast.

“Not all heroes wear capes; in fact, we’re surrounded by unsung heroes every day. Perhaps you know a family member, colleague, neighbor or friend who has performed a selfless act of bravery or humanitarian service. We want to recognize ordinary people with extraordinary courage right here in our communities,” said Sean Mahoney, regional CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “We are seeking nominations from the public to locate and honor the many deserving heroes among us.”

The annual Red Cross Real Heroes Awards Breakfast honors those making an impact through their brave and compassionate actions, demonstrating a true commitment to creating safer, stronger communities.Since the event’s inception, over 100 heroes have been honored. Watch the inspirational stories of previous honorees at year, honorees will be celebrated across nine categories: adult, animal welfare, community leader,community partner, fire and rescue, humanitarian, law enforcement, military and youth.

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Heroes are nominated by the public and are chosen by an awards selection committee comprised of local community leaders and event sponsors. Honorees are then selected based on the degree to which their actions uphold the values of the Red Cross humanitarian mission, and leave a lasting and positive impact on the residents of the community.

This year’s Real Heroes award recipients will be honored at the event on Friday, Oct. 12, aboard the U.S.S. Midway Museum.

Submit your nomination form by July 31, 2018 via the avenue easiest for you: Submit a nomination online or download the nomination form: