Who inspires you? The American Red Cross is seeking nominations to honor ordinary people who have done extraordinary things in the community.

The Hero Awards recognizes people in seven categories, including Community Hero: someone who displayed leadership and commitment to the community by making a positive and significant impact; First Responder: an individual or group who serves the public as a paramedic, firefighter or in law enforcement who went above and beyond the call of duty to save a life; Give Life: a person’s commitment to blood and platelet donation played a significant role in ensuring the health of patients; Military: an active, reserve or retired member of the Armed Forces or ROTC or a civilian that has made a significant impact on the military community; Voluntary Service: someone who has displayed exemplary commitment to voluntary service resulting in a significant impact on the community; Good Samaritan (adult) and Youth Good Samaritan (under 21): a person who displayed courage and compassion when encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.

Those being nominated must reside or work in Oregon or southwestern Washington, or the heroic act or humanitarian service must have occurred in the region. In addition, it must have occurred in the past year. Nominations must be submitted by Saturday, Dec. 15 at www.redcross.org/Heroes2019.

Sponsored by the Red Cross Cascades Region, an awards breakfast will honor the recipients. The event is Friday, March 22 at the Hilton, 301 W. Sixth St., Vancouver, Washington.

For more information about the breakfast or the nomination process, contact Amelia Holmes at 503-440-3701 or amelia.holmes2@redcross.org.

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