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Nomination period opens for Red Cross' hometown hero awards

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Monday marks the first day the public can send in nominations for the Red Cross' hometown hero awards.

The American Red Cross West Central Georgia Chapter is looking to honor individuals in the community who make a difference through acts of courage or through giving selflessly to benefit others. Nominations can be made online through April 28.

A total of 15 heroes will receive awards across the categories of:

Animal Advocate Hero: An individual who has responded to the emergency care and/or rescue of animals. Community Impact Hero: An individual who showed concern and worked to improve the safety and well-being of his/her community.

Disaster Relief Hero: An individual who exhibited heroic efforts in response to a natural disaster or emergency situation, providing relief to victims.

Education Hero: An individual, business, or organization that has made a difference to others either within or through the education system, or has made a lasting impact on the profession.

Emergency Response Hero: A professional or volunteer medical assistant who exhibited heroism either in response to an emergency situation or through an ongoing commitment to the community and profession.

Fire Rescue: 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.

Good Samaritan Hero: An individual who courageously and selflessly responded to an unusual, significant, or unexpected crisis.

Guardian Angel Hero: An individual who created a lasting change in the life of a child or children by being a mentor and guide to ensure a bright future and transformation for the youth.

Law Enforcement Hero: A professional police officer or related law enforcement official 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 and profession.

Military Hero: An active, reserve, or retired member of the Armed Forces or ROTC 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 and profession.

Military Support Hero: An individual, business, or organization that has tirelessly supported the military and military families.

Paving the Way Youth Award-Elementary School: An individual of elementary school age who selflessly responded to a crisis situation and/or worked toward making a difference in our world.

Paving the Way Youth Award-Middle School: An individual of middle school age who selflessly responded to a crisis situation and/or worked toward making a difference in our world.

Paving the Way Youth Award-High School: An individual of high school age who selflessly responded to a crisis situation and/or worked toward making a difference in our world.

Paving the Way Youth Award-College/University: An individual or group attending a local college or university who selflessly responded to a crisis situation and/or worked toward making a difference in our world.

Award winners will be presented with their accolades during the 2014 Hometown Heroes Breakfast on June 12. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Tickets  can be purchase by contacting Ryan Logan at the local Red Cross chapter at 706-323-514 or ryan.logan@redcross.org.

The American Red Cross West Central Georgia Chapter is looking for additional corporate sponsors of their awards breakfast.

The chapter says last year they responded to 97 single family fires and assisted a total of 450 individuals. They also assisted in the emergency communications between military personnel and 731 local families. Additionally, they taught first aid and other lifestyle classes to over 6,500 students.

James Brierton

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