The American Red Cross is accepting nominations to honor local standouts at its annual Heroes Breakfast in spring 2015. The Red Cross honors community members every year who have demonstrated heroism through extraordinary acts of courage or kindness. To nominate a hero, visit www.redcross.org/chicago/heroes or call 312-729-6388. Nominations are due Jan. 30.
Hero candidates must live or work in the Illinois counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry or Will. The heroic act must have taken place on or after Jan. 1, 2014. Honorees will receive a Red Cross medal of honor at the 13th annual event Tuesday, April 21 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
Nominations are being accepted in the following 11 categories:
• Adult Good Samaritan: a person or people who courageously and selflessly responded to a significant or unexpected crisis;
• Blood Services: an individual or organization who promotes community blood donation awareness and helped to build the community blood supply;
• Citizenship: a person or people who showed concern and worked to improve the safety and well-being of others;
• Community Impact: a person or people who displays leadership and commitment to his or her community by making a positive, noticeable and significant impact in society;
• Disaster Relief: a person or people who exhibited heroic efforts in response to a natural disaster or emergency situation, providing relief to victims through financial or voluntary assistance;
• Emergency Medical Assistance: a person or people who, during a time of crisis, provided medical assistance including CPR and/or first aid to a person or people in need;
• Firefighter: a professional or volunteer firefighter who acted above and beyond the call of duty, exhibiting heroism either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community;
• Law Enforcement: a professional police officer or related law enforcement official who exhibited heroism either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community;
• Military: an active, reserve, ROTC, retired member of the Armed Forces, or a military supporter, who acted above and beyond the call of duty;
• Nurse: a licensed and practicing nurse, nursing student, or retired nurse who exhibited heroism either in their response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community;
• Youth Good Samaritan: a person or people who courageously and selflessly responded to a significant or unexpected crisis.
Videos featuring last year’s local Red Cross heroes can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/chicagoredcross.
The 2015 Heroes Breakfast is made possible through the generosity of sponsors: Aon, Baxter International Corporation, BMO Harris Bank, CDW,Fresenius Kabi, ITW, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Navistar International Corporation, Northern Trust, PwC, USG Corporation, and Walgreens.