Join American Red Cross to honor local 'real heroes'

AMERICAN RED CROSS NEWS RELEASE -- A 93-year-old woman donates over 16 gallons of blood during her lifetime. A Yakima School District Bus Driver comes to the aid of two children who were hit and being dragged by a car driven by a man under the influence of methamphetamines. Three Yakima Firefighters risked their lives as they rescue a man from his burning home.

These were some of the everyday citizens who performed extraordinary and heroic deeds and who have been honored by the American Red Cross as "Real Heroes" in the past.

The Yakima Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is again inviting nominations from the community for "Real Heroes" among us.

Nominations will be accepted through January 10, 2014, in the following categories: Spirit of the Red Cross Hero, Humanitarian Hero (adult and youth), Animal Rescue Hero, Military Hero, Workplace Safety Hero, Community Organization Hero, Citizen Rescue Hero, Emergency Services Hero, and Blood Donation Hero.

Nominees must live in or have performed their heroic act in the Yakima Valley within the last two years.

Members of the community are invited and encouraged to submit nominations. If you know of an ordinary citizen who has done something courageous and exceptional that deserves recognition, please take the time to nominate them.

Nomination forms can be picked up at the American Red Cross located at 302 South Second St. in Yakima, or completed online at

Those nominees selected as a Hero award recipient by an independent panel of community leaders will be honored at the annual "Real Heroes Luncheon" on March 26, 2014.