Each year, the SW Washington Region of the American Red Cross along with local business partners celebrate everyday Real Heroes at a reception and breakfast held in their honor.
Nominations for Real Heroes are received by the SW Washington Red Cross from people throughout the region. The 2013 Real Heroes were announced during a reception this week and will be honored March 8 at a breakfast in downtown Vancouver. For more information, or to reserve seating at the breakfast, contact the Red Cross offices at 360-693-5821.
Please note that while there is no charge for the breakfast, donations to the SW Washington Region of the American Red Cross will be requested at the end of the meal.
Our next honoree receives the Emergency Response Rescue Hero award that is sponsored by Rehrig Pacific.
Nathan Cook, an off-duty firefighter and EMT, was at home with his family when he heard gun shots outside.
Without regard for his own safety, he ran outside toward the screaming he heard down the street.
A young neighbor who had been shot multiple times at close range was lying on the sidewalk with his hysterical sister standing over him.
Nathan began to provide Basic Life Support while scanning his surroundings for the shooter.
Nathan struggled with the victim, telling him he must lie still so his injuries could be assessed.
Of the seven bullet holes he found, two could have hit the spine, and two were so grave that had Nathan not provided the necessary first aid, the victim would have bled out.
Police arrived on the scene and protected Nathan; then, authorized Nathan’s own Fire Department to approach the scene and transport the patient.
A Red Cross thank-you to:
- Nathan for risking his own life to save another
- Fred Meyer (Presenting Sponsor)
- Rehrig Pacific (Emergency Response Rescue Hero Award Sponsor)
- iQ Credit Union (Real Heroes Reception Sponsor)
- The Grant House and co-owner/Red Cross Board Member Lynn Rullman for providing appetizers during the Real Heroes reception
About the Real Heroes Breakfast
The Annual Real Heroes breakfast began 16 years ago to recognize those whose actions resulted in saving the lives of others. In addition, it serves as a signature fundraising event for Southwest Washington American Red Cross.
The Real Heroes Breakfast grew out of the desire to develop an event that closely aligns to the Red Cross mission: Saving lives through prevention, preparedness and response.
The program honors ordinary people and animals who have performed extraordinary heroic actions with the communities of Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania, Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties.