On Thursday, December 7th, the Red Cross held their annual Real Heroes Breakfast for the Snohomish, WA County chapter. At this event, several awards are given out to recognize the extraordinary actions taken by everyday people. These local heroes are people who have saved a life, done something to make the community a safer place, or gone above and beyond to help someone in need. This event was emceed by Mark Wright from King 5 News.
At GMN, we are so proud to support our amazing employees in their efforts to give back to the community. Since 2011, April O’Donahue, a GMN Aerospace senior new programs manager, has been volunteering her time as the official event photographer for this award ceremony.
There were many extraordinary people and programs recognized at this event. To mention a few, one award winner was a 7-year-old child named Annberly Sills. The mother had taught her some basic first aid practices using one of her dolls, which she later was able to use to save her not-yet 2-year-old little brother when he was choking. Another award was given to the Gibson family, who lost their son in a house fire in 2016, where no operational smoke detector was present in his room. In response, the Gibson family founded a non-profit known as Gibby Home Fire Prevention to try to reduce fire deaths and injuries. This program installs sealed smoke alarms equipped with 10-year lithium batteries in every bedroom of homes in need, for free. The Red Cross adopted this program on a national level, and so far, they have been able to install 10 million fire alarms nationwide, 4,000 in Washington state, and 1,500 in Snohomish County. (Read more about this story here: http://www.heraldnet.com/news/red-cross-real-heroes-tragedy-inspires-parents-to-take-action/)
To learn more about the inspiring people recognized at this event, visit http://www.heraldnet.com/news/from-fire-rescue-to-roadside-rescue/.
All the responders from the Red Cross are volunteers who donate their personal time to helping others in a broad range of situations. The Red Cross will take any time a person is willing to donate, and will work around their schedule. For the hours that a volunteer does commit to donating, they are on call to respond to any issue that may arise. Therefore, this meant that all the Red Cross volunteers in attendance at this event were still on call as well. This year, a call came in during the middle of the event, and a few volunteers put on their red vests and left the event to respond to the call. That is just another example of the wonderful things this organization and the people in it are doing to help those in need.
We would like to thank April for all the time she has donated and her continued support to this organization and the community!