Red Cross looking for everyday heroes for awards

Published on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 by Steve Guntli

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Every day, people across Whatcom County save lives and improve our communities, but never receive any recognition. Now, the Red Cross is looking to honor those unsung heroes.  

The American Red Cross Mt. Baker Chapter is looking for local heroes to honor at their Real Heroes Celebration Dinner this winter. The chapter will be accepting nominations for real, local heroes until Friday, August 15. The recipient can be any age, and their act of heroism can be big or small. 

The only criteria is that the nominated hero lives or works in Whatcom or Skagit County and must have performed their heroic deed between August 1, 2013 and August 1, 2014. 

“The goal of the event is to recognize and honor the ordinary people whose extraordinary actions inspire others and help make our community a safer place to live,” said Stacy Rice, executive director of the Mt. Baker chapter. 

The 2013 Real Hero recipients include Faye Whitney, a 911 supervisor in Skagit County who saved the life of a floor installer who was working in her home, and Nan Barbo, a retired nurse who did volunteer work for the Red Cross for more than 70 years. 

The Real Heroes award has been handed out every year since 1997. The ceremony doubles as the chapter’s biggest annual fundraiser. In 2013, the Mt. Baker chapter acknowledged 11 heroic individuals, and raised over $100,000 for local Red Cross services. 

Nominations for the Real Hero award must be submitted by Friday, August 15. Submissions can be made by completing the online form at, or by emailing a nomination to  The Real Heroes Celebration Dinner will be held on December 11.