Know a hero? The Pikes Peak Chapter of the Red Cross is seeking nominations for local heroes whose actions during the past 18 months deserve recognition. It could be someone who saved a life or someone who responded to a situation with extraordinary courage or compassion. It could be an organization that made a difference in the community.
This year's Red Cross "Hometown Heroes" awards include categories for adults, children, military personnel, first responders, businesses and other organizations. There's even a category for animals.
This year's honorees will join the ranks of past honorees such as Hometown Hero Gayle Beshears, whose donations made it possible for Memorial Health System to bring the first digital mammography machines to the city, and Anthony Kreashko, who dove into the cold waters of Rosemont Reservoir in an attempt to save two drowning men.
Heroes can be preschoolers, too. Keegan Dock was 4 when his mother suffered a stroke and became disoriented at the wheel of their car. Keegan directed his mother home and helped save her life. While nominees can be any age, they must live in counties supported by the Pikes Peak chapter. The nomination deadline is Jan. 31.
A committee of community leaders will select award honorees, who will be featured in the Gazette and honored during a reception April 1 at the Antler's Hilton hotel.
Nomination forms are available at Gazette.com.