Red Cross Month: Clark County Proclamation

March is American Red Cross Month and throughout the month, we’ll highlight cities and counties throughout our region who are celebrating with us by signing March is American Red Cross Month proclamations.

Clark County Commissioners signed and presented a proclamation to Pete Capell of the SW Washington Region of the American Red Cross. Capell is a board member for the SW Washington Region. The proclamation names March as American Red Cross Month in Clark County.

Our thanks to the Commissioners and the citizens of the Clark County for their support of and commitment to the SW Washington Region of the Red Cross throughout the year.

Clark County Commissioners signed a petition naming March as American Red Cross Month. The Commission presented the signed petition to Red Cross Board Member Pete Capell.

Clark County Commissioners signed a petition naming March as American Red Cross Month. The Commission presented the signed petition to Red Cross Board Member Pete Capell.

Red Cross Month: Kelso Proclamation

March is American Red Cross Month and throughout the month, we’ll highlight cities throughout our region who are celebrating with us by signing March is American Red Cross Month proclamations.

Kelso Mayor David Futcher signed and presented a proclamation to Suzanne Arnits of the SW Washington Region of the American Red Cross.  The proclamation names March as American Red Cross Month in the City of Kelso.

Our thanks to Mayor Futcher and the citizens of the Kelso area for their support of and commitment to the SW Washington Region of the Red Cross throughout the year.

Kelso Mayor David Futcher presents the signed proclamation to Suzanne Arnits.

Kelso Mayor David Futcher presents the signed proclamation to Suzanne Arnits.

Red Cross Month: Battle Ground Proclamation

March is American Red Cross Month and throughout the month, we’ll highlight cities throughout our region who are celebrating with us by signing March is American Red Cross Month proclamations.

Battle Ground Mayor Lisa Walters signed and presented a proclamation to Dennis Rugg of the SW Washington Region of the American Red Cross. Rugg is the past board chairman for the SW Washington Region. The proclamation names March as American Red Cross Month in the City of Battle Ground.

Our thanks to Mayor Walters and the citizens of the Battle Ground area for their support of and commitment to the SW Washington Region of the Red Cross throughout the year.

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Red Cross Month: Vancouver Proclamation

March is American Red Cross Month and throughout the month, we’ll highlight cities throughout our region who are celebrating with us by signing March is American Red Cross Month proclamations.

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt signed and presented a proclamation to Owen Boe and Scott Hogan of the SW Washington Region of the American Red Cross. Boe is a past board member and Hogan is the incoming board chairman for the SW Washington Region. The proclamation names March as American Red Cross Month in the City of Vancouver.

Our thanks to Mayor Leavitt and the citizens of the Vancouver area for their support of and commitment to the SW Washington Region of the Red Cross throughout the year.

Owen Boe (left) and Scott Hogan (right) accepted the March 2013 is American Red Cross Month proclamation from Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt on March 4 in the Vancouver City Council chambers.

Owen Boe (left) and Scott Hogan (right) accepted the March 2013 is American Red Cross Month proclamation from Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt on March 4 in the Vancouver City Council chambers.

Red Cross Month: Woodland Proclamation

March is American Red Cross Month and throughout the month, we’ll highlight cities throughout our region who are celebrating with us by signing March is American Red Cross Month proclamations.

Woodland Mayor Grover Laseke presented a proclamation to Paul Cline, a board member for the SW Washington Region of the American Red Cross. The proclamation names March as American Red Cross Month in the City of Woodland.

Our thanks to Mayor Laseke and the citizens of the Woodland area for their support of and commitment to the SW Washington Region of the Red Cross throughout the year.

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2013 Real Heros: Water Rescue Hero Michelle Rushing

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 Water Rescue Hero award that is sponsored by Tidewater.

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Michelle Rushing was wrapping up an annual family reunion near Gaston, OR, when she heard screams down the hill at the swift-moving Sain creek.

Michelle Rushing

Michelle Rushing

A large family of eight children, ages 6-13, two mothers and a teenager – none related to Michelle – had been wading and splashing when the entire family dropped off an invisible ledge into the muddy stream.

Two girls immediately sank to the bottom.

Michelle and other family members ran from different locations to help.

Michelle immediately coordinated the frenzied rescue effort and entered the water where she stepped on one of the girls stuck in the mud. She had her family form a human chain to help bring the struggling family back to shore.

As each person was located, they were passed from one rescuer to the next.

Gaston, OR Fire Chief Roger Mesenbrink said, “I have been through every kind of rescue scenario you can probably dream of, yet never have I seen this sort of outcome. A trained team could not have done better.”

Carol Bua of Tidewater introduces 2013 Water Rescue Hero Michelle Rushing

Carol Bua of Tidewater introduces
2013 Water Rescue Hero Michelle Rushing

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Red Cross thank-you to:

  • Michelle for her heroic efforts to save many lives
  • Fred Meyer (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Tidewater (Water 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.

Red Cross Month: Longview Proclamation

March is Red Cross Month

Throughout the month, we’ll highlight cities throughout our region who are celebrating with us by signing March is Red Cross Month proclamations.

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Longview Mayor Dennis P. Weber (on the right) presents a proclamation to Suzanne Arnits (on the left) of the SW Washington Region of the American Red Cross. The proclamation names March as American Red Cross Month in the City of Longview.

Our thanks to Mayor Weber and the citizens of the Longview area for their support of and commitment to the SW Washington Region of the Red Cross throughout the year.

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