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Hometown Heroes Salute

...the American Red Cross is there to be someone's hero.
...the American Red Cross is there to be someone's hero.
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Nobody wants to think about a disaster striking their family, be it medical, fire or weather related. It is comforting to know that there are organizations, such as the American Red Cross, whose volunteers aid in times of crisis. It is even a bigger comfort that there are average people who go out of their way in cases of immediate emergencies, such as car accidents, to help save a life.

The American Red Cross holds their annual Hometown Hero Awards, an event that recognizes selfless people and their courageous acts. Throughout the year, the general public is able to nominate a person who they feel has illustrated the American Red Cross humanitarian mission.

For the Boise ID area, the 12 Hometown Heroes are a blend of young and old, military, law enforcement, firefighters and private citizens. Some of the recipients appeared on the local news for their act of heroism, such as Lt Alan Cavener. As he was driving on the freeway, he saw a car heading the wrong direction, straight into oncoming traffic. He risked his own safety by exiting his vehicle, and running into the freeway traffic. He was able to take over the wheel of the elderly driver and guided the car onto the side of the road. Some of the other extraordinary heroes contributed countless hours volunteering (Carole Munn) or routinely donating life-saving bone marrow (Chief Dennis Doan)

This Fourth of July is the perfect time for your family to appreciate and recognize these American heroes and good Samaritans in the community. Also, these tangible examples can allow your family to think of ways they can help.

All too often, the media is so focused on the horrors and atrocities that happen in the world. It is refreshing to see the other side of tragedies--a person who is more than willing to assist when the need arises.