In real life, a hero rarely dons a cape.
Maybe one wears a uniform, and the younger ones might dash around in a cape when they’re playing dress-up.
But most heroes walk around in street clothes, because really, they’re just everyday people who seize an opportunity to do amazing things. They’re not in it for the glory or a reward.
Nonetheless, the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross wants to put these “Hometown Heroes” in the spotlight, and this is the public’s chance to make it happen.
If you know people who deserve recognition for saving a life, helping others or devoting themselves to a cause in the past 18 months, nominate them for one of the Red Cross’ Hometown Heroes awards, which honor “individuals and organizations who exemplify courage, kindness, and unselfish character through their acts of heroism in our local community.”
There are categories for adults, kids, the military, first responders, animals and businesses/organizations.
Award winners will be honored at a dinner on March 21, and will be featured in write-ups in The Gazette and on-air profiles on Fox21 News.
Last year’s honorees at the third annual dinner included a woman who gave her kidney to a stranger, an Air Force Academy test pilot and instructor who helped victims of an airplane crash, a 4-year-old boy who helped his mother when she was having a stroke, and a dog with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office that helped find a missing toddler.
One of this year’s honorees already has been revealed: Jay Cimino, president
CEO of Phil Long Dealerships, will receive the Humanitarian of the Year award.
Nomination forms are available online at gazette.com and coloradoconnection.com. Nominees accepted in the following categories through Jan. 30:
• Adult Hero: (Age 18 and Older) Presented for a courageous or life-saving response that made an exceptional difference in or saved the lives of others.
• Youth Hero: (Age 18 and Younger) Presented for a compassionate response or life-saving skills that made an exceptional difference in or saved the lives of others.
• Military Hero: Presented to a member of the armed forces (active, guard, reserve or retired) whose actions went above and beyond the call of duty.
• Animal Hero: Presented to an animal whose trained or innate skills helped save a life.
• Community Service Hero: Presented to an individual who has performed an extraordinary community service that has made a difference in the lives of others.
• Community Partner Hero: Presented to a business or organization whose compassion or life-saving actions made an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.
• First Responder Hero: Presented to a first responder (police, fire, and EMS) whose actions went above and beyond the call of duty to save a life or whose personal commitment to their local community has made an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.