The local chapter of the American Red Cross honored 26 northern Nevadans Wednesday who went beyond the call of duty to make our community a better place the past year.
This year's Red Cross Real Heroes Luncheon at the Atlantis recognized a wide range of people, from determined philanthropists and emergency responders to ordinary people who just showed great courage in a crisis. "Most of the heroes you're going to see tonight are regular people who just in the right place, had maybe a little bit of training, and did something just...miraculous," says Bram Buckley, Red Cross Chairman.
This year's honorees are an impressive group from a dozen different industries.
Our very own Andi Guevara and John Potter helped recognize a Humane Society worker who helped save 10 puppies, an NV Energy technician who saved a customer from a gas leak, an organization that helps families cope with autism even a middle school student who saved a classmate from choking.
Some donated their time to help others, some even donated organs.
We spoke with Sergeant Ronnie Bell who was humble about saving a man's life while on the job last year. He says... the save was the true reward. "We see so much tragedy all the time that finally having a save is a really good feeling."
This is the eleventh year that the Red Cross has held this event. It also doubled as a fundraiser for the organization to continue its aid efforts in Northern Nevada.
Of course the Red Cross is always accepting donations. If you'd like to help, go to http://www.redcross.org/nv/reno
And a big congratulations to all of this year's honorees.
Written by Arianna Bennett