Local Red Cross looking for hero nominations



The Red Cross of Augusta is looking for a few good men and women to honor.

On June 4, the organization will hold its third annual Heroes Breakfast to honor heroes in 13 categories for their selfless acts. But it needs the community to nominate people who deserve to be honored.

“It’s a great way to recognize local individuals who have performed extraordinary acts that might not otherwise be recognized,” said Jennifer Pennington, executive director for the Red Cross of Augusta.

Many heroes have been nominated for some type of lifesaving act, but some have not. For example, two years ago, Augusta realtor Larry Miller was recognized for sending hand warmers and beef jerky to soldiers in Afghanistan.

“This also hopefully inspires people in the community to become trained in CPR and first aid so they can also save lives,” Pennington said. “You never know when disaster will strike.”

Heroes tell their story on video before the breakfast, which will be held at First Baptist Church of Augusta. During the event, the video is shown as the hero walks to the stage to be recognized.

“In the past it’s been well supported,” said event chair Alan Griffin.

He stressed that the Red Cross needs the community to nominate heroes to be recognized.

The breakfast also serves as a fundraiser for the Red Cross.

“This is just to bring some awareness to local heroes, as well as raise money to help disaster victims,” Griffin said.

For more information or to nominate a hero, visit redcross.org/ga/augusta, or call (706) 724-8481. Nomination forms are available at the office located at 1322 Ellis St.

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2013 Heroes


• Wilderness Hero, Cpl. John Michael Crawley, of the Department of Natural Resources

• Good Samaritan Hero, Emergency Response Team at Resolute Forest Products

• Good Samaritan Youth Hero, Rebecca Moore

• Medical Hero, Connie Landing and Marc Aloan, of Gold Cross

• Fire Rescue Hero, Firefighters Gary Thigpen and James Frazier, of Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue

• Nurse Rescue Hero, Regina Medeiros

• Educator/Community Hero, Mark Turner, of Greenbrier High School

• Spirit of the Red Cross, Amy James, Red Cross volunteer

• Animal Rescue Hero, Debbie Mack, of Columbia County Animal Shelter

• Military Hero, Staff Sgt. Keith Walker

• Water Rescue Hero, James Masiongale, the director of the Nursing Anesthesia Program, and Capt. Jon Gridley, a co-owner of Sea Tow Clarks Hill Lake

• Law Enforcement Hero, Trooper 1st Class Matthew MacDonald, of the Georgia State Patrol

• Community Partner Hero, University Hospital