What makes a real hero?
Someone you look up to, maybe you've looked up to them most of your life, or a hero that happens to be in the right place at the right time. Some heroes are doctors, teachers or preachers, or maybe someone who uses their CPR or First Aid training to save a life.
The fourth annual American Red Cross Firelands Heroes Awards will recognize local heroes who have made a difference in Erie and Huron counties. The Hero Awards ceremony will be held March 1 at the Nia Center at Kalahari Resort. Nominations for your favorite hero are being accepted from now until Dec. 3.
The 2007 Firelands Hero Awards was a huge success, with more than 150 people attending the award ceremony, and more than $11,000 raised for the local Red Cross. Fifteen local heroes received recognition for their contributions to our community.
Winners in 2007 were: Kiley Baker, Inspirational Youth Hero; Elsie Calamese, Red Cross Volunteer Hero; Todd Corbin, Military Hero; Jeff Deeble, Lifesaving Emergency Hero; Roger Doerner, Lifesaving CPR Hero; Dylan Flew, Organ Donor Hero; Steven Palmer, Lifesaving Emergency Hero; Jim Pflieger, Gary Ponikvar, Halle Queen, Stan Roberts, and Mark Worley, Lifesaving CPR Group Heroes; Mona Rutger, Animal Rescue Hero; and Jim Van Sickle, Education Hero.
The 2008 Hero Awards may include these categories, but are not limited to them.
Winners will be announced Feb. 1 and will be the honored guest at the Firelands Hero Awards ceremony.
The Firelands Hero Award Judging Committee is comprised of community leaders from Erie and Huron counties.
Firelands Hero Awards Nomination Forms can be found in the Norwalk Reflector and also are available at the Firelands Red Cross at 300 Central Ave. in Sandusky, or on-line atwww.firelandsredcross.org. Winners will be chosen based on a one-page essay describing why this person is your hero. All nominees must live in Erie or Huron county, unless in the military. Military Heroes must be stationed in, or a resident of Erie or Huron County, but stationed elsewhere. Nominations for Lifesaving heroes will also be forwarded to the Sandusky Area Safety Council for consideration for their awards. Nominees must be able to attend the award ceremony. The American Red Cross will host each winner and one guest, as well as the nominator at the award ceremony.
Nominations should be mailed to: Firelands Heroes, American Red Cross, 300 Central Ave., Sandusky, Ohio 44870.