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 Youth Good Samaritan award that is sponsored by TwinStar Credit Union.
John Clark, 17, was flying kites while vacationing with his family at Rockaway Beach, OR when he heard screaming.
He quickly scanned the area and saw a boy about age 12 thrashing in the ocean.
John, who had just completed his life guard certification, ran into the water and swam out to the boy to tow him back as he had been trained.
Upon reaching him, John discovered that the current was too strong for him to swim against it.
John comforted the boy, instructed him how to breathe and promised to hold onto him until help arrived.
The waves crashed against them continually, pushing them under the surf. They responded by pushing off the sand and springing back to the surface.
Help arrived about 20 minutes later to pull John and the young boy back to the beach – safe and sound!
A Red Cross thank-you to:
- John for his heroic efforts to save a young boy from drowning
- Fred Meyer (Presenting Sponsor)
- TwinStar Credit Union (Youth Good Samaritan 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.
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