JAMESTOWN – The American Red Cross will honor several local residents for extraordinary courage at its annual Hometown Heroes Breakfast, Sponsored by Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant, on Wednesday, May 16.
The Hometown Heroes Breakfast celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by recognizing people from throughout the region who have performed heroic acts during times of crisis. The heroes include first responders as well as ordinary citizens who performed life-saving acts.
The 2018 Hometown Heroes:
Humanitarian, Sponsored by Jamestown Mattress: – Ron Johnson, Jamestown
Johnson has been a long-standing member of the Kiantone Fire Department, from driving the trucks to fixing equipment to volunteering at every fundraiser.
Humanitarian. Sponsored by Wegmans – Eric Herman, Bemus Point
Herman, a firefighter with the Jamestown Fire Department, purchased a custom hockey jersey and Jamestown Fire Department hat for a young boy he recently met with special needs, just one of the random acts of kindness he performs regularly.
Fire Fighter, Sponsored by Cummins – Charles Piazza, Falconer
During a massive fire in the Village of Falconer, Chief Piazza dedicated two days commanding over 200 firefighters who helped bring one of the largest fires in Chautauqua County under control.
Law Enforcement, Sponsored by Lakewood Rod & Gun Club – Officer Erik Kraft & K-9 Mitchell, Bemus Point
On November 16, 2016, K-9 Mitchell was stabbed when he and Jamestown Police Department Officer Kraft confronted an accused murder suspect. The suspect was taken into custody, and Mitchell has made a full recovery. The incident resulted in bi-partisan support for Mitchell’s Law, increasing the penalties for killing or injuring a police dog or horse.
Emergency Personnel/Medical, Sponsored by EcoStrategies/Forecon – Ed Sandberg, Jamestown
Despite his own medical and family challenges, Sandberg continues to dedicate his life in service to the Kiantone Fire Department, driving an ambulance or firetruck on calls daily.
Youth Good Samaritan, Sponsored by Cummins – Vinny Certo, Lakewood
Certo has wanted to be a firefighter since he was a little boy. After joining the Lakewood Fire Department on his 17th birthday, he responded to 277 class in his first eight months, and was in the top ten alarm responders and in drill attendance.
Animal Rescue, Sponsored by Nestle Purina Petcare – Beverli Horroks, Buren Point
Horrocks has been a volunteer foster parent for Sadie’s Safe Harbor Canine Rescue since August of 2015, fostering over 16 animals brought in from kill shelters in Ohio, West Virginia, and Texas.
Proceeds from the Hometown Heroes Breakfast benefit the Red Cross. The event will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 16 at Moon Brook Country Club.
Tickets to the Hometown Heroes Breakfast are available here: http://www.redcross.org/local/new-york/western-central-new-york/hometown-heroes