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Heroes Get Special Honor From The Red Cross

Hometown hero nominees gather for breakfast

ImageThis morning, the Hyatt Valencia played host to the Red Cross Hometown Heroes Breakfast.


The event highlighted nominees in several categories where local individuals acted heroically.


Some cases involved life saving acts by citizens and police officers, others were heroes on other ways, such as educators and volunteers. Television news personality Rick Chambers was on hand to MC the event, and head of the Red Cross Greater Los Angeles Area Board Edmond Lelo was the guest speaker.


Winners were chosen in each category:

First Responder – Deputy William Cordero, Deputy Juan Carrillo.

Youth Hero – Jared Nathanson, Tyler Gibbons, Jessica Manke, Daniel Fennessy.

Educator Hero – Gary Fuller

Medical Hero – Dr. Douglas Gadowski

Workplace Hero – Kirk Taesuntorn

Military Hero – Scott Derderian

Sports Mentor – Brian Nowakowski

Animal Hero – L’Niki

Senior Hero – Judy Peterson

Adult Hero – Suzon Gerstel


Other nominees include:

Laci Provenzano

Shanton Rangi

Pat McCrary

Mickie Schuerger

Diane Green

Jami Kennedy

Tom Threw

Donna Nuzzi

Chaplain Margery Link

Kirk Taesuntorn

Bob Knoblauch

David Sell

Dominick DelaCruz

Janet Fox

Dusty Lander

Christopher Craft

Joseph Trejo

Bradford Szarkowski

Thomas Drake

James Peterson Jr

Hans Schneider

Tim Vanderleek

Charles Christensen

Michelle Kampenga

Frank Digiovanni

John Bomben


ImageUpon the announcement of the winners, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital issued a statement with regards to two of the winners, who are affiliated with the hospital. “Dr. Gadowski is a physician's physician," remarks Roger Seaver, President and CEO. "He is sought out by many of his colleagues for his perspective and consultative input, not only on patient care issues but also on the important issues that face physicians in their personal and professional responsibilities."


Dr. Gadowski is Henry Mayo's medical director for medical cardiology, is a leader in Henry Mayo's information technology initiatives, and has a 32-year track record for medical care and philanthropic support in our community.


Senior Hero Judy Peterson also spends many hours helping at Henry Mayo. "Every time I see a volunteer like Judy Peterson I marvel at the sacrifice and commitment," says Diane Lynch, Chief Nursing Officer at Henry MayoNewhall Memorial Hospital. "Judy was a nurse before she was our volunteer and she's showing other nurses by her example that 'the caring' doesn't have to stop after retirement."


Click here to see all the pictures from this event!

Hear what former Red Cross Greater LA Area leader Jill Valenti had to say about the day.

Councilman TimBen Boydston also weighed in on the Red Cross Heroes  


To fill out an application to nominate your Hometown Hero, click here!

Heroes Get Special Honor From The Red Cross

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