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.
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.
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
A 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.
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