Deadline nears for county’s heroes

17 years ago

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – The Aroostook County Branch of the American Red Cross-Pine Tree Chapter and WAGM TV 8 are planning the 10th annual Real Heroes Breakfast to be held in November at Northern Maine Community College.     In the launch of this year’s event, community members are asked to consider nominating an individual or group who has shown courage, kindness, and unselfish character by his or her act of heroism.
“The concept of the Real Heroes Breakfast has grown from a desire to develop an event that is closely related to the mission of the American Red Cross, which is teaching people to save lives,” said Joyce Knorr, Aroostook County branch manager for the Red Cross. “The Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Over a million Red Cross volunteers accomplish this each day through the simple, yet powerful process of someone putting his or her own needs aside to help others. I can think of no better way to celebrate this spirit of humanitarianism then by nominating and recognizing heroes who are in our own community!”
Nominations are being accepted through Sept. 7. Nominees must meet the following criteria for consideration of a Heroes Award: Individual or group must be residents of or employed in Aroostook County and have performed the heroic act between Aug. 1, 2006 and Sept. 6, 2007. The nomination form should also include a statement that clearly explains in detail the incident or act occurred and accompanied with supporting documentation such as news articles, reports, photos and names/telephone numbers of witnesses.
“A Heroes Advisory Committee of community leaders will select this year’s Real Hero Award winners from nominations submitted by community members in early September,” said Kelly Landeen of WAGM TV. “All nominees will be invited to the breakfast and recognized at the award program.”
Businesses and organizations can also play a part by sponsoring a table at the breakfast. Proceeds are used locally and go to assist victims of disaster in Aroostook County.
For information, call the American Red Cross-Pine Tree Chapter at 762-5671 or e-mail knorrj@pinetree.redcross.org.