ARC seeks hero nominations for awards dinner

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Volunteer David Gutierrez talks with Olga Salgado about opportunities for service at the American Red Cross open house in Hollister Monday.

The American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter is currently seeking nominations for its annual Hero Awards, which recognizes members of the Monterey and San Benito County community who have shown courage, dedication, and character through acts of heroism and kindness.

All nominees must work or reside in Monterey or San Benito County; though the heroic acts may have occurred elsewhere. Nominees for the Hero Award must have performed an act or acts of courage to save or attempt to save someone’s life. The heroic event must have occurred between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012.

The deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 28 and they can be submitted online at http://www.redcross.org/ca/monterey/news-events/events/heroes-dinner/nomination-form.

Those selected to be recognized as heroes will be honored at a dinner celebration on May 18 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

Nominations are available in the following categories:

• Animal Rescue Hero – An act of heroism that saved an animal’s life or an act of heroism by an animal that saved a human life.

• Fire Safety – An individual, trained to respond as part of his or her professional employment in fire safety, who performed an act of heroism that went above and beyond the call of duty either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community.

• Good Samaritan, Adult – An individual, 21 years old and above, who performed an act of heroism to save or attempt to save someone’s life upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.

• Good Samaritan, Youth – An individual, under the age of 21, who performed an act of heroism to save or attempt to save someone’s life upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.

• Law Enforcement Hero – An individual, trained to respond as part of his or her professional employment in law enforcement (police, sheriff, security guard, etc.), who performed an act of heroism that went above and beyond the call of duty either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community.

• Medical Professional Hero – An individual, trained to respond as part of his or her professional employment as a medical professional (doctors, nurses, EMT, hospital./clinic staff, etc.), who performed an act of heroism that went above and beyond the call of duty either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community.

• Military Hero – An act of heroism performed by a member of the armed services who went above and beyond their call of duty, either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community.

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